“How big can cities get?” and other probing questions

The Big Name in international consulting, McKinsey & Company,  just started publishing a series of essays about cities and just how big they can possibly get. The cities writing is part of a larger project to ask other questions about big global issues, which would be good to read since the answers are intended to “shape our collective future” and all. Some of the contributors are McKinsey staff, but they’ve brought in large assortment of A-list thinkers as contibutors (including a recent piece my favorite sociologist, Saskia Sassen). There’s also a pretty good debate on city planning, and whether the more successful cities will be the ones to employ top-down planning with fancy master plans or bottom-up planing that uses careful design to empower the poor.



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