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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Jun 08, Art rated it really liked it Shelves: Everyone knows that security and commerce are important for cities and their growth, but he talked about places having a shared moral vision and that it was this powerful idea that holds cities together.
Urbanism for the Rest of UsTribes: The chapters are largely chronological and geographical, discussing cities based on their common socioeconomic and cultural roots and the similar patterns that they were governed by.
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To ask other readers questions about The Cityplease sign motkin. Gary Krist Washington Post. I think the problem for me was the lack of depth. Small villages developed for hunters and artisans after the Ice Age as stock breeding and agriculture lead to a more sedentary life. Other users with far more experience on the topic have already posted moel reviews, and I have nothing technical or critical to add for this one.
The City: A Global History
A great historical summary of everything city. Fascinating, and very straightforward.
Sort by Relevance Date. China remained half as urbanized as Western Europe, the Mediterranean, or, for ciy matter, Japan from the first millennium until the present day. He is also a distinguished presidential fellow in urban futures at Chapman University in Orange, California, a senior visiting fellow at the Civil Service College in Singapore, and a fellow at the National Chamber Foundation.
Jan 21, Maia rated it really liked it Shelves: Joel Kotkin, an internationally recognized expert on the economic, social and political trends of cities, knows what makes cities grow, what makes them die, and what it takes to make them worth living in.
Sacredness — 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 crop up frequently in the longer lasting ones: Oct 21, Brad Cramer rated it it was ok Shelves: Yet, it will perhaps been better if, instead of adopting a chronological narrative approach, the author focused on a few key cities In this book, the author put forth the thesis that three elements are necessary for a city to be great.
The middle is fairly dull. A Global History to be a virtual encyclopedia of cities, packaged neatly in a compact book.
A Global Historyis big on solid infrastructure, good schools and a vibrant middle class. This book is a worthwhile look at the ways that human cities have behaved, as a way of pointing out how the heavenly city exceeds them all, but still responds to the needs of people nevertheless. Interestingly, Kotkin ventures that monoculture is one recipe for collapse.
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THE CITY by Joel Kotkin | Kirkus Reviews
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Trivia About The City: I also believe this is a good book for everyone. Bill Steigerwald Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. In this authoritative and engagingly written account, the acclaimed urbanist and bestselling author examines the evolution of urban life over the millennia and, in doing so, attempts to If humankind can be said to have a single greatest creation, kotmin would be those places that represent the most eloquent expression of our species’s ingenuity, beliefs, and ideals: He also considers the effects of terrorism-how the religious and cultural struggles of the present pose the greatest challenge to the urban future.
Tom Condon Hartford Courant. Lacks any sort of common theme; very anecdotal for a history book. He lectures widely in the United States and worldwide, and is sought-after as a speaker by major business and financial organizations.
The preface and the final chapter are good.