01 Jun '11, 2pm

Economies of Agglomeration: Great #cities are green, groovy & dense! #urbanism @bruce_katz MT @akronwriter

Economies of Agglomeration: Great #cities are green, groovy & dense! #urbanism @bruce_katz MT @akronwriter

Bring people together in a great place and great things happen. This is part four in a series on "great places." Read parts one , two , and three . So far I've written that great places are green and groovy . (Yeah, I said groovy.) Lest I make the whole notion sound like a smelly commune, though, it's worth noting that great places are also fecund : They generate economic and social capital. Done right, density can be an engine of prosperity. Business executives should love great places just as much as hippies like me do. Here's the basic idea: When smart, skilled people start to gather in a place, the process becomes self-perpetuating. More smart, skilled people show up to be near the others. And the more smart, skilled people you get close together, the more you reduce transaction costs and increase "knowledge spillover," which leads to commerce and innovation. That's tr...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/cities/2011-05-31-great-places-smart...

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