CITIES DRIVE GLOBAL GROWTH
Erle Frayne D. Argonza
The world is going urban and no force whatsoever, save for geological cataclysm of a planetary scale, can wreck the social phenomenon of urbanization. My own country PH is now 70% urban population-wise, which is in far contrast to what it was once during my birthyear of 1958 when 85% of people were rural peasants and fisherfolks.
Cities were the ones that drove the domestic economies to higher growth, industrialization, services expansion, and international trade competencies. True they did manifest the negative sides to urbanization that are human ecology concerns that need to be addressed with determination. But cities overall are citadels of civilation or culture-building and economic development.
As a summary of global urban development, a book was published recently by the United Nations Habitat that deals with the subject of economic role of cities. Below is the update news about the matter.
[Philippines, 10 February 2012]
Economic Role of Cities
Global Urban Economic dialogue series (Series title)
This report examines the economic role of cities. It illustrates the important contributions of cities to national economic development and poverty reduction. It looks at the agglomeration economies, city clusters, city regions and mega city regions.
Other titles in Global Urban Economic dialogue series:
The Sub Prime Crisis: The Crisis of Over-Spending 2011
ISBN Series Number: 978-92-1-132027-5
HS Number: 067/11E
Series Title: Global Urban Economic dialogue series
Co-Publisher : - Not available -
Themes: Urban Finance, Urban Economy and Financing Shelter
Branch/Office: Urban Economy and Finance