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Market Cities, People Cities: The Shape of Our Urban Future

Michael Oluf Emerson and Kevin T. Smiley

Abstract

Cities are diverging in our contemporary era. Specifically, we use our analysis of Copenhagen and Houston to argue that cities exist for one of two reasons: for markets or for people. Market Cities (such as Houston) are dedicated to an unfettered free market ethos, individualism, and tolerance of high levels of inequality and decentralized governance, among other characteristics. By contrast, People Cities (such as Copenhagen) have a much greater collective ideal that drives the city toward attenuating inequality, strengthening government, and sanctioning “people-focused” policies and urban fo ... More

Keywords: Market Cities, People Cities, urban studies, urban sociology, Copenhagen, Denmark, Houston, Texas

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781479856794
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479856794.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Oluf Emerson, editor
North Park Univ

Kevin T. Smiley, author
University of Buffalo

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Front Matter

Introduction

Michael Oluf Emerson, and Kevin T. Smiley

Part I How It Happens

1 Becoming Market and People Cities

Michael Oluf Emerson, and Kevin T. Smiley

2 How Government and Leaders Make Cities Work

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3 What Residents Think, Believe, and Act Upon

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Part II Why It Matters

4 Getting There, Being There

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5 Environment/Economy

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6 Life Together and Apart

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7 Across Cities

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8 To Be or Not to Be

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Afterword

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