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The Economy of Cities
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on March 11, 2000
The title of this book is slightly misleading, because the thesis of the book is that cities play an essential role in the process of economic development. Although its anecdotal style gives this book a disarmingly unsystematic appearance, this is a profound book. It is easily one of the most important books written during the 20th century. Economic development is something about which conventional marginal utility economics has very little to say. The Economy of Cities, therefore, fills a kind of void. It stands to conventional economics in much the same position as quantum physics stands to classical physics.
A simply wonderful book.
Lancelot Fletcher lrf@aya.yale.edu
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on December 10, 2016
This books tech economics and also teach about how to write an idea. In both dimensions is really great.
The economics of the city described taking the work as unit of analysis is a very creative approach.
Starting from this simple idea you can write an excellent book. Jacobs shows us how to do it.
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on August 18, 2017
Nice book
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on February 21, 2015
Clearly written. compelling argument for cities as creators of the wealth of nations. An argument for small government
allowing individual freedom to innovate. Government planners and company towns do not create import replaement wealth.
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on May 19, 2016
An amazing book by an amazing author! She completely blows conventional urban theory out of the water!
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on July 8, 2015
One of the most important books I've ever read. We need more economic histories of urban development.
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on October 17, 2015
Excelent product!
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on December 2, 2013
It's a classic for a reason. Very good analysis and an easy, enjoyable read. A good gift for your city's mayor.
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on February 23, 2015
An interesting pro-urban thought experiment. Obviously you should read this after the Death and Life of Great American Cities. As fields of study go, too often urbanism is the first to fall victim to quantification to the detriment of theory. Without theory though, what we are left with are unspoken ideologies that bias our perspectives before we even begin to take measure. Jacobs was a rare voice that spoke positively of urbanism, and sought to analyze the city itself as a whole object, rather than just its component parts.
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on September 16, 2015
THE PROLEMB OF CITIES IS BAD ADMINISTRATION., BRINGING INEQUALITY IN ECONOMICS --RACIAL-0P0RTUNITIES EDUCATION- AND FINALLY US PEOPLE LEARN HOW TO VOTE.
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