Market Cities, People Cities: The Shape of Our Urban Future

Market Cities, People Cities: The Shape of Our Urban Future

by Michael Oluf Emerson, Kevin T. Smiley


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An in-depth look at Houston and Copenhagen, and the different urban environments that exist today

How are modern cities changing, and what implications do those changes have for city inhabitants? What kinds of cities do people want to live in, and what cities do people want to create in the future? Michael Oluf Emerson and Kevin T. Smiley argue that western cities have diverged into two specific and different types: market cities and people cities.
Market cities are focused on wealth, jobs, individualism, and economic opportunities. People cities are more egalitarian, with government investment in infrastructure and an active civil society. Analyzing the practices and policies of cities with two separate focuses, markets or people, has substantial implications both for everyday residents and future urban planning and city development.

Market Cities, People Cities examines these diverging trends through extended case studies of Houston, Texas as a market city and Copenhagen, Denmark as a people city. Emerson and Smiley track the history of how these two types of cities have been created, and how they function for governments and residents in various ways, examining transportation, regional discourse, and inequality levels. Market Cities, People Cities also outlines the means and policies cities can adapt in order to become more of a market- or people-focused city. The afterword reflects on Houston’s response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

As twenty-first century cities diverge, Market Cities, People Cities is essential for urban dwellers anxious to be active in their pursuit of their best cities, as well as anyone looking to the future of cities around the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781479800261
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 551,546
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Michael O. Emerson is Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University. He is author or co-author of several books, including Divided By Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America, Transcending Racial Barriers, and Against All Odds: The Struggle for Racial Integration in Religious Organizations (NYU Press, 2005).

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Claim 1

Part I How It Happens

1 Becoming Market and People Cities 17

2 How Government and Leaders Make Cities Work 38

3 What Residents Think, Believe, and Act Upon 64

Part II Why It Matters

4 Getting There, Being There; Transportation and Land Use 85

5 Environment/Economy: And or Versus? 113

6 Life Together and Apart: Diversity and Trust 138

7 Across Cities 162

8 To Be or Not to Be 178

Afterword 191

Acknowledgments 193

Methodological Appendix 195

Notes 201

Bibliography 215

Index 229

About the Authors 233

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