Will Great Cities Survive?
For the first time in human history, a majority of the earth’s population lives in cities. But though great cities have been among humanity’s supreme achievements down through the ages, they now face an uncertain future, threatened by forces that could undermine the very things that have made them great.
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Joel Kotkin is an Irvine Fellow at the New America Foundation and a CUNY/ Newman Institute Urban Fellow at Baruch College in New York City. He is the author of several books, including The New Geography: How the Digital Revolution Is Reshaping the American Landscape (2000). This essay is drawn from his new book, The City: A Global History. Copyright © 2005 by Joel Kotkin. Published by arrangement with Modern Library, an imprint of Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.more from this author >>