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May 20, In gentle rebuke to those who never saw the good side of a city, urbanist and commentator Kotkin (The New Geography, , etc.) looks at the. If humankind can be said to have a single greatest creation, it would be those places that represent the most eloquent expression of our species’s. The City has ratings and 49 reviews. Fredösphere said: This was enjoyable as a driving-around audio book. My interest is in civic design–what works.

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This book was recommended to me by one of my professors in college. Basically descriptions of one city after another. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

THE CITY by Joel Kotkin | Kirkus Reviews

He currently writes the weekly fhe Geographer” column for Forbes. What I’m eager to see is how the author address the issue of social dynamics found in every civilization with those 3 criterium. Nonfiction Classics Domestic Politics Category: Apr 03, Jill rated it liked it Shelves: In he ctiy the Hoel Burd Award for best urban reporting.

Sacredness — people feel connected to a larger whole, be it religious, ideological, or even geographical I want to add a couple things which don’t appear prerequisite to a city’s dominance, but which appears to crop up frequently in the longer lasting ones: The thing I found most interesting about the things he identified as being necessary for the successful city, was Sacredness.

Security — people can safely A good, easy, read, like a children’s encycloepaedia — full of fun facts and sharp observations.

The City: A Global History – Joel Kotkin

Overall, this book makes for somewhat ominous reading. This concise history of cities, from early civilization’s Uruk to Mumbai, Lagos and Houston, flows in lucid and cogent writing. Rather than using the pages to convince the reader, however, Kotkin tracks the notable urban developments on the planet throughout history, within an unimposed framework. Given that the author is quick to praise the city-building of such diverse peoples as the pagan Phoenecians, medieval Muslims, and contemporary Chinese, and also quick to point out that for cities to endure there needs to be security, a thriving commercial life that allows for a good standard of living for citizens, as well as sacred space that provides a sense of belonging and rootedness.


In only pages, the book covers a very broad temporal and geographical scale: Everyone knows that security and commerce are important for cities and their growth, but he talked about places having a shared moral vision and that it was this powerful idea that holds cities together. Mar 25, Luke rated it liked it. Europeans who come here are delighted by our suburbs. Aug 05, K Shah nizamuddin rated it really liked it.

Oct 21, Brad Cramer rated it it was ok Shelves: I think the book could have been so much more enriching with a more thorough discussion of the subject.

These prove to be the most interesting part of the book.

In this short, authoritative yet winningly informal account, urbanist Joel Kotkin examines the evolution of cities and urban life over thousands of years. The other pages are just descriptions of cities.

I finally got around to reading it and was severely disappointed. News and Ktkin Report. He serves on the editorial board of the Orange County Register and writes a weekly column for that paper, and is a regular contributor to the Daily Beast.

The only downside is that you don’t really get as much critical examination of different theories of the city, and Kotkin’s final few pages are pretty questionable. By these standards, contemporary cities fail miserably, and the author is quick to note the many ways they fail—by catering to a faddish elite, by failing to provide basic infrastructure for citizens or any sort of hope at good wages or safety, and by failing to provide any sort of spiritual core, which the author is only concerned exists in some fashion as he is not a believer in any meaningful sense.

This book is a look of great cities from ancient times to our “post industrial sub-urban metropolis” [whatever it means: Hais War on the Dream: It is also why I enjoyed it – In some ways I think the compartmenta Sacredness of Place Security Commerce These are the pillars Kotkin identifies as makers or breakers of cities.


As mentioned by Kotkin, the primary purpose of this book is to attract people In only pages, the book covers a very broad temporal and geographical scale: A short and accessible introduction to the City. Americans, meanwhile, moved to the western frontiers, quickly populating new cities, such as Cincinnati, St Louis, Detroit, but especially Chicago.

Despite their infinite variety, all cities essentially serve three purposes: Preview — The City by Joel Kotkin. Yet, it will perhaps been better if, instead of adopting a chronological narrative approach, the author focused on a few key cities to illustrate how the three elements mentioned above were present and contributed to the success of these cities.

The City: A Global History

Published October 10th by Modern Library first published January 1st From Babylon and Rome to London, New York and Tokyo, Joel Kotkin examines the evolution of urban life over the millennia in order to establish what made – and makes – a In this authoritative and engagingly written account, the acclaimed urbanist and bestselling author examines the evolution of urban life over the millennia and, in doing so, attempts to answer the age-old question: Also in Modern Library Chronicles.

If you know anything about history than you should probably just skim it. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism’s yearlong study of the future of suburban development. It was interesting to listen and listen I did, on audio to the narrator describe the spread eventual spread of the city and the way cities changed over time.

He writes a monthly column in The New York Times and has written four previous books.