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.
The Sunday New York Times these days seems to be edited by the descendants of Saul Steinberg, the New Yorker cartoonist who drew the famous Gotham-centric map of the United States. Steinberg’s map showed nothing much between the Hudson River and the Pacific except Las Vegas and a couple of mountains, and was intended as a parody of a parochial New Yorker’s view of the nation.
On this fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s unforgettable speech during the March on Washington, my thoughts turn to Frank Lumpkin.
The news about growing inequality and middle-class decline – in the Midwest, in the country, even abroad – keeps flowing in. As promised, we’ll keep an eye on this news and, from time to time, will pass on the more interesting and insightful articles.
The Great Lakes are literally the future of the upper Midwest.
Notes from the inequality beat.
Let’s talk about Detroit. But first, let’s talk about Potosi.
The Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, giving new energy to the drive for same-sex marriage and guaranteeing that more states will legalize these marriages. This trend has economic as well as legal and romantic overtones, and the Midwest should pay attention.
No new postings for the next couple of weeks. The Midwesterner is taking a summer vacation -- in the Midwest, naturally. See you in mid-July.
Urban food insecurity is one of the crushing issues that plague American cities. It’s a fancy name for food deserts – the vast tracts of inner cities that hold millions of America’s poorest people but lack grocery stores or other sources of decent food for them to eat.
There’s a breeze of fresh air blowing through some of the Midwest’s most hard-hit old industrial towns. A new generation of leaders is taking over, bringing new thinking and new initiatives to cities that have had little but decline and despair in recent decades.
China is sitting on $3.4 trillion (that’s trillion, with a T) in foreign exchange reserves, three times the stash of Japan, the only other global trillionaire. In the meantime, the U.S. economy badly needs more investment to put the recession behind it.
The American Gothic House still stands on the edge of the tiny town of Eldon, Iowa, just where it was in 1930 when the artist Grant Wood made it the backdrop to his famous painting, American Gothic. When the Dibble family built the little house in 1881, they put a proper cellar beneath it. That’s what you did in those days, to store preserves and to have a place to hide when a tornado hit.
If the Dust Bowl produced John Steinbeck and Woody Guthrie, and if the Southern catastrophe inspired a vast literature of loss, the industrial Midwest has had too few writers and bards to chronicle its decline and sing its blues.
Recent travels have taken me to two places that would seem to have almost nothing in common – southeastern Iowa and England.