Joel Kotkin: Ephemeral Cities

Joel Kotkin argues that culture and tourism alone cannot not save cities.

"The rage among some officials to promote their cities as hip and cool misses the essential elements that make cities great. A city is not merely a construct of real estate projects built for essentially nomadic populations; it requires an engaged and committed citizenry with a long-term financial and familial stake in the metropolis.

A successful city must be a home not only to edgy clubs, museums and restaurants but also factories, schools, companies and neighborhoods capable of regenerating themselves for the next generation."

Thanks to Karen Speicher

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