Here is my semi-random list of potentially decisive urban dynamics.
by Charles H. Smith, Of Two Minds:
The bankruptcy of Detroit, though long-anticipated, has unleashed a wave of speculation about the health of other cities in the U.S., and indeed, in the world–for example, China.
Despite the visible importance of urban centers and cities for thousands of years, it seems our understanding of their dynamics is still incomplete.
I spent the summer of 1968 in Detroit while our stepfather attended summer school at Wayne State University. Detroit’s auto manufacturing industry was at the apex of its dominance, and I recall an odometer-type billboard proudly displayed the total number of vehicles produced year to date in Detroit.
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