Tuesday, April 9, 2013

New Cities Rising




A new generation of great American Cities is rising across the country.  The article, excerpted and linked below, describes the process and explains why the incessant insistence on packing people like sardines in an urban core is unlikely to succeed.

Of course, none of this is new to real professionals in land planning like Rick Harrison at Rick Harrison Site Design.  Rick has had his finger on the pulse of these issues - and has been offering substantive sustainable solutions - for 30+ years!

The author, who argues economics are driving the rise of new cities like Houston, Raleigh-Durham, Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, Phoenix, etc. etc., concludes as follows:
The critical reason for this [the rise of new cities] is likely to be missed by those who worship at the altar of density and contemporary planning dogma. These cities grow primarily because they do what cities were designed to do in the first place: help their residents achieve their aspirations—and that’s why they keep getting bigger and more consequential, in spite of the planners who keep ignoring or deploring their ascendance.
In short, economics matter.


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3 comments:

Gas said...

It's a great read, thanks for sharing, James. Growth is necessary.

jayde ali said...

A lot of the books on your list for this one have mysteriously found their way onto my wish list…
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Michael said...

Very good article from Joel Kotkin, it really changed some ideas I had about cities like NY / LA...