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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By these standards, contemporary cities fail miserably, and the author is quick kptkin note the many ways they fail—by catering to a faddish elite, by failing to provide basic infrastructure for citizens or any sort of hope at good wages or safety, and by failing to provide any sort of spiritual core, which the author is only concerned exists in some fashion as he is not a believer in any meaningful sense.

Modern Library Chronicles Unfortunately, this yhe scale means that the book can only offer a brief introduction to each city and its development history. Jun 25, John Gurney rated it really liked it. Jan 03, Pedro rated it it was amazing.

This book involves in the progress of how cities formed from the ancient time until the recent event with inclusion of different city citu by other than western values.

Still worth while reading if you have an interest in the place of the city in cultural development. Harold Meyerson LA Weeekly. The Past and Future of Latino Politics. He is Executive Editor of the widely read website Newgeography.

From Babylon and Rome to London, New York and Tokyo, Joel Kotkin examines the evolution of urban life over the millennia in order to establish what made – and makes – a Dec 18, Pages Buy. The narrative is too broad and overarching to really rigourously argue through many of the historical factors Kotkin gives credence to in the typically rapid rise and slow decay of cities and civilisations but nonetheless probably a good first explanation of the structural themes to hang a hat on.


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Preview — The City by Joel Kotkin. Apr 14, Choong Chiat rated it liked it. Not sure he proves these by the end. He serves on the editorial board of the Orange County Register and writes a weekly column for that paper, and is a regular contributor to the Daily Beast.

Fascinating, and very straightforward. The thing I found most interesting about the things he identified as being necessary for the successful city, was Sacredness.

The author also spoke of how each city, to be successful, needs the pillars of Safety, Sacredness, and Busy-ness. Kotkin’s book also discusses the evolution of tne roles of cities over the ages, from their origins as sacred centres e.

Jan 18, Zoe Elizabeth rated it it was ok.

Por supuesto que el libro relata la historia y no se detiene en las causas profundas de cada una de las ciudades trabajadas pero hay numerosas notas y referencias para el lector que quiera profundizar en el Un libro ambicioso que cubre la historia de la Ciudad y el asentamiento urbano. Will Seattle light rail extended to Snohomish County create intolerable crowding on peak period trains in King County?

Cities are the fulcrum of civilization. By the eighteen-eighties, urbanites accounted for two-thirds of the population. Apr 03, Phoebe rated it really liked it. 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.


Allow one to outstrip the others and the same happens. 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.

He currently writes the weekly “New Geographer” column for Forbes. Sacredness of Place Security Commerce These are the pillars Kotkin identifies as makers or breakers of cities.

The City: A Global History – Joel Kotkin – Google Books

In only pages, the book covers a very broad temporal and geographical scale: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This was a good read on the history of cities. Jun 29, francesca rated it really liked it. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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Latest Activity at NewGeography. Rather than using the pages to convince the reader, however, Kotkin tracks the notable urban developments on the planet throughout history, within an unimposed framework. Other users with far more experience on the topic have already posted excellent reviews, and I have nothing technical or critical to add for this one.