Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Economy of Cities

I've been reading The Economy of Cities by Jane Jacobs this past week. This is one of those books that I highly recommend reading.

One of the points that Ms. Jacobs makes is that the most economically vibrant cities tend to be horribly inefficient and impractical. It's their messy organization, or lack of any real organization, that enables a community to adapt quickly to change.

Cities that are extremely well organized, Jane Jacobs points out, are often ill-prepared to adapt to change. Detroit was actually this way prior to the birth of the auto industry.

With that in mind, I'd simply like to say that I look forward to Detroit once again being a horribly impractical and inefficient city once again.

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