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March 09, 2009


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So long as face to face remains superior to any other form of communication, cities aren't going anywhere. The need for privacy too, suggests that centers of power like D.C. are just getting started in their growth. But how did the ratio of urban to rural growth change as a result of the diaspora of knowledge made possible by the printing press? Instead of knowledge being centered in one city, it started a competition among several.

The shrinking of factory towns in China is hardly a falsification of Porter and Florida.

I didn't say it did. I said the emptying out of China's uber-clusters prompted reflection on the merit of Porter's ideas (not Florida's). Clusters are coeval with cities, but Porter's strategy asks cities to set out and create clusters de novo, the sustainability of which is likely inferior to those which develop on their own.

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