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William Mann

In: The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City

Chapter 37: A Latecomer Imagines the City

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A Latecomer Imagines the City
A Latecomer Imagines the City
William Mann

A city is a complex but incomplete system: in this mix lies the capacity of cities across histories and geographies to outlive far more powerful, but fully formalised, systems – from large corporations to national governments. (Sassen 2016)

We should be weary of the city of the future, by now, or at least a little bit wary of it – but instead we keep falling for its promises. Perhaps the pressures building on our cities make it hard to think straight: populations growing and ageing; citizens becoming more diverse and more unequal; the rapid emergence and obsolescence of employment sectors; toxic legacies and climatic threats; floods of foreign investment in ...

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