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The Connected City: How Networks are Shaping the Modern Metropolis (The Metropolis and Modern Life) 1st Edition

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"Urbanists often talk about cities as 'agglomerations' and 'clusters,' but what makes them such powerful economic and social engines is their extraordinarily intricate and adaptable weave of connections. Zachary Neal’s The Connected City shows how networks make cities more innovative and people more productive―and explains why cities are increasingly replacing large bureaucratic corporations as the key social and economic organizing units of our time."

--Richard Florida, Director, Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and author of The Rise of the Creative Class, Revisited

In The Connected City Zachary Neal uses the language of network science to unravel the mechanisms that govern a city's daily evolution and patterns daily life. He offers a persuasive narrative that fundamentally alters the way we perceive urban life. - Albert-László Barabási, Distinguished Professor and Director of Northeastern University’s Center for Complex Network Research and author of Linked

The Connected City is the networked city. Zack Neal's masterful book takes away from old-fashioned views of cities to show how they thrive through their networks -- between residents, businesses and even between cities. The cities' networks pulse with vitality and life, and so does this book.

--Barry Wellman, S.D. Clark Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto

The strength of the book is in presenting a network analytic "take" on many of the key issues in urban studies, while at the same time providing a quite brilliant introduction to network analysis using these urban studies themes. It is quite well written and accessible to advanced undergraduates without being too elementary for more experienced students of these urban issues.

--Michael F. Timberlake, University of Utah

Confronted by the multitude of new books on cities, there are two very good reasons to read this one: first, it provides a thorough understanding of how networks work; second, it does a brilliant job of evaluating networks across scales, from community to global, while remaining focused on cities. I consider The Connected City to be a cutting edge addition to the urban literature.

--Peter Taylor Director of GaWC
Professor, School of Built and Natural Environment, Northumbria University
Emeritus Professor, Department of Geography, Loughborough University

An overarching effort to comprehensively link the multifarious network approaches to cities has been long overdue. Neal’s The Connected City effectively rectifies this situation: based on a sophisticated review of very diverse literatures, this book provides readers both an elegant introduction to and a wide-ranging review of the urban literature drawing on the notion of ‘networks’.

―Ben Derudder, Marie Curie Research Fellow, School of Geography and Environmental Science, Monash University and Professor of Human Geography, Department of Geography, Ghent University

This book can best be seen as an undergraduate and graduate textbook for city network analysis, in which the author intuitively shows how networks within and between cities help us to better understand contemporary urban agglomerations. The increasing popularity of the network perspective in sociology, geography, and economics has provided Neal with widespread opportunities to conduct fruitful research on urban networks.

 -- Martijn J. Burger, Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 54, No. 2, 2014

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"Urbanists often talk about cities as 'agglomerations' and 'clusters,' but what makes them such powerful economic and social engines is their extraordinarily intricate and adaptable weave of connections. Zachary Neal's The Connected City shows how networks make cities more innovative and people more productive--and explains why cities are increasingly replacing large bureaucratic corporations as the key social and economic organizing units of our time."
--Richard Florida, Director, Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and author of The Rise of the Creative Class, Revisited

"In The Connected City Zachary Neal uses the language of network science to unravel the mechanisms that govern a city's daily evolution and patterns of daily life. He offers a persuasive narrative that fundamentally alters the way we perceive urban life."
--Albert-László Barabási, Distinguished Professor and Director of Northeastern University's Center for Complex Network Research and author of Linked

"The Connected City is the networked city. Zachary Neal's masterful book takes away from old-fashioned views of cities to show how they thrive through their networks--between residents, businesses, and even between cities. The cities' networks pulse with vitality and life, and so does this book."
--Barry Wellman, S.D. Clark Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto

"The strength of the book is in presenting a network analytic 'take' on many of the key issues in urban studies, while at the same time providing a quite brilliant introduction to network analysis using these urban studies themes. It is well written and accessible to advanced undergraduates without being too elementary for more experienced students of these urban issues."
--Michael F. Timberlake, Professor of Sociology, University of Utah

"Confronted by the multitude of new books on cities, there are two very good reasons to read this one: first, it provides a thorough understanding of how networks work; second, it does a brilliant job of evaluating networks across scales, from community to global, while remaining focused on cities. I consider The Connected City to be a cutting-edge addition to the urban literature."
--Peter Taylor, Director of GaWC; Professor, School of Built and Natural Environment, Northumbria University; Emeritus Professor, Department of Geography, Loughborough University

"An overarching effort to comprehensively link the multifarious network approaches to cities has been long overdue. Neal's The Connected City effectively rectifies this situation: based on a sophisticated review of very diverse literatures, this book provides readers with both an elegant introduction to and a wide-ranging review of the urban literature drawing on the notion of 'networks.'"
--Ben Derudder, Marie Curie Research Fellow, School of Geography and Environmental Science, Monash University and Professor of Human Geography, Department of Geography, Ghent University

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Product Details

  • Series: The Metropolis and Modern Life
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (August 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415881420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415881425
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,587,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Zachary Neal is an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University, with a joint appointment in the Psychology Department and the Global Urban Studies Program. To learn more about his current work and to find copies of his writing, please visit http://www.msu.edu/~zpneal.



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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barry Wellman on December 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The Connected City works beautifully as a scholarly book, a textbook, and as a good read - just the thing to give your favorite cousins.
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By Adam Olszewski on August 29, 2015
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Needed for class, solid book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tracey Viars on May 7, 2015
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I wanted the information but it had too much of a research/textbook feel for me...couldn't finish it though I'm sure it was loaded with information that I could have used.
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