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Are Smaller Cities Better Equipped for the Future?

Joel Kotkin puts forward the premise that smaller urban regions are more nimble than big cities. Kotkin dubs these smaller cities like Austin, Columbus and Raleigh-Durham "efficient cities."

Kotkin's efficient cities "provide the amenities of megacities-airports, mass communication, reservoirs of talent-without their grinding congestion, severe social conflicts and other diseconomies of scale."

On an international scope, he singles out Singapore and Tel Aviv as model efficient cities, while calling out New Delhi, Mumbai, Sao Paolo and Mexico City for being "almost unspeakably congested leviathans."

Full Story: The Rise of the Efficient City

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