poly: Cities aren't changing much?

From: Robin Hanson <hanson@econ.berkeley.edu>
Date: Thu Oct 08 1998 - 16:19:47 PDT

    Are Cities Dying?
    Journal-of-Economic-Perspectives;12(2), Spring 1998, pages 139-60..
    This paper organizes a discussion of the costs and benefits of cities
around the question: Are cities becoming obsolete? While minimizing
transport costs for manufactured goods no longer justifies the existence
of cities, they still facilitate the division oflabor and the flow of ideas.
Cities' higher housing, commuting, and pollution costs seem stable over
time. Only the costs associated with urban poverty may increase and these
costs do not effect many newer cities. Although many older cities will
continue their decline, the future of the urban form seems surprisingly bright.

Robin Hanson
hanson@econ.berkeley.edu http://hanson.berkeley.edu/
RWJF Health Policy Scholar, Sch. of Public Health 510-643-1884
140 Warren Hall, UC Berkeley, CA 94720-7360 FAX: 510-643-8614
Received on Thu Oct 8 23:10:34 1998

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