Why Is New York America's Largest City?

New York has been remarkably successful relative to any other large city outside of the sunbelt and it remains the nation's premier metropolis. What accounts for New York’s rise and continuing success?

"The rise of New York in the early nineteenth century is the result of technological changesthat moved ocean shipping from a point-to-point system to a hub andspoke system; New York's geography made it the natural hub of thissystem. Manufacturing then centered in New York because the hub of atransport system is, in many cases, the ideal place to transform rawmaterials into finished goods. This initial dominance was entrenched byNew York’s role as the hub for immigration. In the late 20th century, NewYork’s survival is based almost entirely on finance and business services,which are also legacies of the port. In this period, New York’s role as ahub still matters, but it is far less important than the edge that density andagglomeration give to the acquisition of knowledge."

[Editor's note: The link below is to an academic journal article (2 MB PDF).]

Thanks to Jon Cecil

Full Story: Urban Colossus: Why is New York America's Largest City?

Comments

Prepare for the AICP* Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $245
AICP CTP Storefont Display

The first online AICP* CTP exam prep class

Are you ready to take the AICP* Certified Transportation Planner exam?
Priced at $245 for May exam!
Wood necklace with city map

City Necklaces

These sweet pendants are engraved on a cedar charm with a mini map of selected cities. The perfect gift for friends and family or yourself!
$28.00

NEW! Get the "Green Bible"

Understand the complexities of planning at the local level while preparing for the AICP* exam. Find out why this edition is included in the APA's recommended reading list.
$105