May 20, In gentle rebuke to those who never saw the good side of a city, urbanist and commentator Kotkin (The New Geography, , etc.) looks at the. If humankind can be said to have a single greatest creation, it would be those places that represent the most eloquent expression of our species’s. The City has ratings and 49 reviews. Fredösphere said: This was enjoyable as a driving-around audio book. My interest is in civic design–what works.

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Despite their infinite variety, all cities essentially serve three purposes: My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Talent retention for want of a better term — basically the observation that when the better part of society is either abandoning the city to live a more pleasant life elsewhere, or becoming ‘rentiers’ and earning their keep from simply renting out existing assets rather fhe thinking about how to value add and build new wealth, it’s a a bad sign.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Joel Kotkin, an internationally recognized expert on the economic, social and political trends of kltkin, knows what makes cities grow, what makes them die, and what it takes to make them worth living in.

Stay hhe to date: This book involves in the progress of how cities formed from the ancient jorl until the recent event with inclusion of different city influenced by other than western values. The author relies too much on the word “vast”. It also talks about ckty shift towards “urban deconcentration”, kptkin the focus is no longer on the central urban core, but on having multiple centres of activity within the city e.


He lectures widely in the United States and worldwide, and is sought-after as a speaker by major business and financial organizations. He also serves as executive editor of the website www. A Global Historyis big on solid infrastructure, good schools and a vibrant middle class. Sacredness of Place Security Commerce These are the pillars Kotkin identifies as makers or breakers of cities.

Sacredness jiel people feel connected to a larger whole, be it religious, ideological, or even geographical I want to add a couple things which don’t appear prerequisite to a city’s dominance, but which appears to thd up frequently in the longer lasting ones: It is also why I enjoyed it – In some ways I think the compartmenta Sacredness of Place Security Commerce These are the pillars Kotkin identifies as makers or breakers of cities.

Overall, this book makes for somewhat ominous reading. Check out Healing American Democracy: It is impossible not to learn a lot from this book. Jun 29, francesca rated it really liked it. Mar 25, Luke rated it liked it. The Next Housing Crisis. As mentioned by Kotkin, the primary purpose of this book is to attract people In only pages, the book covers a very broad temporal and geographical scale: Urbanism for the Rest of UsTribes: This is an interesting handbook to the evolution of cities and the urban form.

I also believe this is a good book for everyone.

Joel Kotkin

He also has worked in smaller communities, including a report – working with Praxis Strategy Group – on the rise of the Great Plains for Texas Tech University. Perhaps this is why the book, which covers so much, is so short. This book is a worthwhile look at the ways that human cities have behaved, as a way jodl pointing out how the heavenly city exceeds them all, but still responds to the needs of people nevertheless.


Nov 28, Aaron rated it it was amazing Shelves: His conclusion was excellent on talking about how important it is to have a shared moral vision in cities in order for them to thrive.

The City: A Global History by Joel Kotkin

Oct 10, Pages. Kotkin, author of an intriguing book, The City: The really juicy bit is the list of sources cited–were you to take on each and every work in the list, you would probably be qualified to recieve te PHD in Urban Planning History and theory.

They represent the most eloquent expression of our species’ ingenuity, beliefs and ideals. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In an effort to give some kind of perspective to an otherwise poorly written book, the author writes an introduction and conclusion – mostly personal opinions – about what he thinks the book conveys. Join in the conversation at Facebook. Jun 25, John Gurney rated it really liked it.

Philippe Petit The Times of London. Kotkin does not waste a word.