28 February 2005
The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961) -- the
classic attack on "Garden city" urban planning and renewal
The Economy of Cities (1969) -- First statement of the idea
that city economies grow through import replacement (not to be confused with
government attempts at import substitution). Memorably she argues that cities
The question of separatism: Quebec and the struggle over
Cities and the Wealth of Nations: Principles of Economic Life
(1984) -- Building on the 1969 book, stating that cities are the fundamental
economic unit, not nations, that cities should have their own currencies, for
proper feedback, and that large nation-states are destined to stagnate. Also,
she finally started giving references for all the fascinating facts she uses
to support her arguments.
Systems of survival: a dialogue on the moral foundations of commerce
and politics (1992) -- Platonic dialogue on the two moral systems,
producer morality and guardian morality.
The Nature of Economies (2000) -- Another dialogue. I can't
recap it easily.
Dark Age Ahead (2004)
Links to writings
on the web.
Convention Follies interview
Whole Earth interview
critical review of The Nature of Economies.