As leaders from global cities around the world prepare to converge at the inaugural Chicago Forum on Global Cities May 27-29, the concept, context and definition of global cities remain relatively unexplored. In my new book, On Global Cities, I take a fresh and focused look at global cities — what they are, why they are special, what makes them global, how they emerged, and where they are going. Watch a video preview of On Global Cities.
On Global Cities, available today also through Amazon, iTunes, and Android, synthesizes the latest literature on the nascent field of global cities. My work traces the emergence of global cities through globalization and defines the essential elements required to make a city global in nature. It further illuminates the relationships between global cities and their more locally focused neighbors, showcasing the “high fliers” along the way and diagnosing ills of the modern global city.
On Wednesday, May 27, I will discuss what makes a global city with the Financial Times’ Edward Luce.
A guest post from Robin A. Johnson outlines the 2014 elections and what they will do to the political balance in the Midwest.
It will be news to most Midwestern farmers that they should turn an unused corner of their barns into a public relations department. But they do, and it looks like this may be happening.
A guest post from Juliana Kerr on the state of the immigration debate in Wisconsin.
The transformation of Midwestern manufacturing, from its powerhouse past to its uncertain future, continues to play itself out.
In this season of noisy discord, when Midwestern states and cities compete for bad jobs and large young men concuss each other on Saturdays for our amusement, it’s good to be reminded that our region still harbors poets who speak to our better natures and to more homely verities.
Midwestern states have become both battlegrounds and test labs in the past three years for clashing theories on economic development.
Can major research universities use the immense resources at their command – the storehouses of data, the research techniques, the expertise in analyzing problems, mostly their sheer brainpower – to help solve the problems of the great cities where many of them reside? It seems obvious that the answer is yes, but for many universities, this leap from theory to practice remains a step too far.
What with dysfunction in Washington and incompetence in state capitals, the spotlight is shifting to the role of cities, not only as arenas of democratic governance but simply as places where things get done. It’s early days yet for this debate, but two new books are setting an agenda.
More than any other country, the United States looks to philanthropists and their giving to fill the gaps – cultural, social, civic, educational – left unattended by either the market or the government.
The natural habitat of the Tea Party is usually seen as the unreconstructed reaches of the Old South. If people want to blame Dixie for the recent government shutdown, we should probably let it go at that. But the fact is that many Tea Party stalwarts spring from the Midwest, for reasons we should heed.
Elkhart, Indiana, which bills itself as the RV capital of the world, got hit harder by the recession than any other American city. Now it has hit the jackpot. Literally.
Small farms are becoming big business. One reason is an innovation called food hubs.
Three states – Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana – came together in Chicago’s Loop recently to talk about their common future. They didn’t decide anything and the conversation itself revealed how far they have to go. But this meeting simply wouldn’t have happened two years ago, and that’s progress in itself.
Have you been to a farmers’ market recently? I hit a downtown Chicago market before lunch today, picking up some last-minute sage and yellow beets for tonight’s dinner. The city’s Federal Plaza was packed with kiosks, all doing a brisk business.
The epidemic of inner city murders in Chicago is well known. Less well known is the spread of heroin and other drugs to the rural counties of the Midwest. The link between these two pathologies is virtually unknown, but is crucial to an understanding of the Midwestern battlefield in the drug wars.