Making Sense of Cities by Blair Badcock

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By Blair Badcock

Making experience of Cities offers an up to date, vivid and available creation to city geography. It provides scholars a feeling of the styles and techniques of urbanization and towns, spotting the importance of globalization, economics, politics and tradition from various views.

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By contrast, the England. But as well as that, European countries United States and Canada, along with all of Europe have been among the first to face stalling, or even and Oceania, lost shares of the world's urban popu- declining, population growth. lation and of the proportion of people living in million-cities. 3). Asia leads the way in the case of million-cities. 6 per cent. Put shows no sign of abating. Continuing urbanisation two-thirds of Australia's population lived in towns and cities.

Knowledge is the new asset. The global integration of international finance and investment would not have been possible without the fusion of computing and telecommunications. ' Information technology applied to the financial services industry has obliterated delays in counting and transferring funds, altered the way traders and clients interact in markets, and vastly expanded the daily volume and velocity of money circulating in global markets. In 1990 only 100,000 computers were linked to the Internet.

The emergence of a transnational corporate workforce is helping to transform globalising cities in at least four ways. Firstly, their salaries and conditions are the result of bargaining in a global market, but the presence of these highly paid corporate staff in global cities like London, New York, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Paris, Singapore and Sydney puts upward pressure upon local wage rates and house prices. Secondly, as short-stay expatriates in a foreign country, their loyalties are to the global enterprise rather than to local causes.

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