A Series of Essays on the Urban Future
The Future of Cities
Over five millennia, through pestilence, war, economic dislocation, and mass migrations, cities have demonstrated their essential resiliency. Yet at the same time, they have many times been transformed—becoming bigger, denser, and then less dense; shifting from having a walking- to a transit-based culture; and then moving on to be auto-dependent and, now, having a new pattern based increasingly on digital commuting.
This book has been published as a series, with permission of the American Enterprise Institute. Below is the book outline and a link to each chapter.
Click or tap a link below to read or download each chapter. (PDFs open in new tab or window)
Conclusion: Urban Futures – Joel Kotkin (new this week)
Joel Kotkin is the author of The Coming of Neo-Feudalism: A Warning to the Global Middle Class. He is the Roger Hobbs Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University and Executive Director for Urban Reform Institute. Learn more at joelkotkin.com and follow him on Twitter @joelkotkin.
Read the Series:
I. The Big Picture for Global Geography
II. The Variety of Urban Experiences
III. The Policy Agenda