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The resilient city : on the determinants of successful urban economies


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Polèse, Mario (2010). The resilient city : on the determinants of successful urban economies Working Paper. Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Montréal.

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The Resilient City: On the Determinants of Successful Urban Economies The paper proposes a critical examination of the determinants of successful urban economies; specifically, those that allow cities to overcome outside shocks. “Resilience”, it is argued, takes two shapes: a) the ability to survive shocks, called a-Resilience; b) the ability to change in the face of shocks, called b-Resilience. Examples of the first are New Orleans (Hurricane Katrina), Nagasaki (atom bomb), and German cities devastated during the last war. a-Resilience is found to be an almost universal characteristic. Cities do not die, although they can decline. .b-Resilience is a different matter. Change in the face of events (boundary changes, technological change…) that undermine a city’s economic base is more difficult. Cities like Boston and Chicago have successfully managed to reinvent themselves, in contrast to Manchester, England, which continues to falter. The US and UK experience suggest that the negative after-effects of a Rustbelt legacy are difficult to overcome. A city’s role as central place – for a region or wider area – is often a key factor in success.

Type de document: Monographie (Working Paper)
Informations complémentaires: Draft version of a chapter to appear in Cities and Economic Change. Edited by Ronan Paddison and Thomas Hutton, Sage Publications, London, Forthcoming
Mots-clés libres: économie urbaine; villes; croissance; déclin urbain; urban economies; cities; growth; urban decline
Centre: Centre Urbanisation Culture Société
Date de dépôt: 12 nov. 2020 19:25
Dernière modification: 12 nov. 2020 19:33
URI: https://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/9265

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