Books et al.Urban Studies

Why cities?

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Science  19 Apr 2019:
Vol. 364, Issue 6437, pp. 245
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaw9265

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As global urbanization continues un­abated, the common gesture in ur­ban planning, urban ecology, and urban studies is to think—and of­ten worry—forward, not backward. Analysts tend to focus on what is unprecedented in this "urban age," a pos­ture that can sometimes obscure our view of historical processes. Monica L. Smith's Cities: The First 6,000 Years invites read­ers to consider instead how many of the conditions we regard as novel are deeply rooted in the genesis of the city itself.

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