25 Jul '11, 1pm

The economic importance of metro regions, adapted from @Richard_Florida: #urbanplanning #smartgrowth

The economic importance of metro regions, adapted from @Richard_Florida: #urbanplanning #smartgrowth

Check out this map by Zara Matheson of the Martin Prosperity Institute. It shows that metropolitan Houston is as important to the world economy as the country of Austria; that metro Chicago's economy is slightly larger than that of Switzerland; that metro New York's GDP is roughly equivalent to that of Switzerland and the Netherlands combined and approaches the size of Canada's. In other words, among the many reasons why we need our metropolitan regions to be healthy environmentally and socially is that they are of critical economic importance. If they fail, a huge portion of the world's economy will fail with them. This comes via another provocative analysis by Richard Florida on his Creative Class blog. In it he reveals that the New York metro area, if it were its own country, would have the 13th largest economy in the world. "With a GDP of $737.9 billion, the LA metro’s...

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