The Fall and Rise of Global Cities

Photo by Dmitry Avdeev, CC BY-SA 3.0

I recently gave a lecture on cities in New York that I’m presenting here in a two-part podcast series. Both parts are excellent reference sources about trends in cities. They are good educational resources for those to whom you want to give an introduction to modern urban trends.

The first part was called “The Landscape of Global Urbanization” and talks about the global shift from rural to urban areas, and the challenges that are going to come from that. This is nothing less than the most profound demographic shift in human history.

Today the second part, which deals with the trends in the developed world.  I talk about:

  • How cities went into decline during the Rust Belt era of the 70s and 80s.
  • The rebirth of cities, but how this rebirth bypassed many American cities.
  • The roots of this divergence between cities in the rise of “global cities”
  • What a global city is
  • Other trends such as downtown tech and an increased preference for urban living that also benefit the global city
  • The cultural power of global cities
  • What’s unique about New York City?
  • The problems facing New York and other global cities

I call this “The Fall and Rise of the Global City.” If the audio player doesn’t display for you, click over to listen on Soundcloud.

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from Aaron M. Renn


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