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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Are cities the new countries?

Posted By on 07.26.06 at 07:41 AM

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Writing for the BBC, Finlo Rohrer notes the pull of fast-growing megacities like London and Shanghai toward independence, or at least sharp differentiation from their own particular hinterlands. He quotes sociologist Richard Sennett: "London belongs to a country composed of itself and New York." (Hat tip to Remaindered Links.)

Within the US, a cute cartographic project on the 2004 presidential election by Anandaroop Roy shows how the political divide isn't so much between blue states and red states as between blue metropolitan areas and everywhere else. (Hat tip to 3 Quarks Daily.)

What do you think?  Is Chicago basically midwestern (as I always imagined), or does it have more in common these days with New York and Tokyo than with Des Moines and Columbus?

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