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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When I got to the end, I wished it had been longer. If you’re looking for a good starting point for Cities – an jowl to urban centres – Kotkin’s The City is a pretty decent choice.

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Gentrification and its Discontents: I actually only got through half of this one because it made me contemplate indications of the fall of America a all these other amazing cities had fallen and with the state of affairs i could not handle this doom and gloom.

Oct 10, Pages Buy. From their beginning, cities have been parasitic in a fashion, ruled by elites who have sought to combine elements of sacred space and commercial space while providing security, and at best cities have provided a home for the sort of cultured people who help make art possible as well as provide for trade and education and scientific development.

The author has opinions, which are clearly stated. A suggested readings section is also included to this end. Nonfiction Classics Domestic Politics Category: Quotes from The City: Join in the conversation at Facebook. Close Nav Search Close Search search. Today’s cities face many problems, and they can only thrive if they remain sacred, safe and busy.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. Given that the author is quick to praise the city-building of such diverse peoples as the pagan Phoenecians, medieval Muslims, and contemporary Chinese, and also quick to point out that for cities to endure there needs to be security, a thriving commercial life that allows for a good standard of living for citizens, as well as sacred space that provides a sense of belonging and rootedness.

Joel Kotkin

This was a good quick read on cities and their evolution and things that make them successful. Even though there jjoel no detailed methodology kotkim the book that urban planners can directly implement on urban design, after reading the book they will appreciate the cultural background of each city, understand the root cause of urban issues and even gain inspirations to find the solution or best design strategies.

Despite their infinite variety, all cities essentially serve three purposes: Fascinating, and very straightforward. Jun 06, Melissa Hutchins rated it liked it.

The City: A Global History

The contents of this book vary across many cultures and over the span of time from the beginnings of the city in the Fertile Crescent to contemporary developments. The Suburbs and the GOP. He lectures widely in the United States and worldwide, and is sought-after as a speaker by major business and financial organizations.


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Experts Hea ther Mac Donald. What I’m eager to see ciy how the author address the issue of social dynamics found in every civilization with those 3 criterium. Over the course of this breakneck survey of 5, years of urban history, Kotkin makes a credible case for his ideas.

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His three explanations for a city’s longevity bear further thought: 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 a PHD in Urban Planning History and theory. The Next Housing Crisis.

Apr 07, Rhesa marked it as to-read Shelves: This is an interesting handbook to the evolution of cities and the urban form. Jul 20, Anthony rated it really liked it Shelves: It was interesting to listen and listen I did, on audio to the narrator describe the spread eve Very informative history of The City, from the first recorded city of Ur through the cities of each developing country on each continent, and spreading to America — NY, Detroit, Chicago, etc.