In reply to my post yesterday about The Atlas of Cities, Jonathan Davies suggested it was time for a list of books on urban economics. Se here’s a starter list. Other suggestions welcome.
3. Some history: Tristram Hunt’s Building Jerusalem: The Rise and Fall of the Victorian City and his latest (which I’ve not yet read) Ten Cities that Made an Empire.
4. Edge City, Joel Garreau, about the economics of suburbs.
5. The Rise of the Creative Class, Rich Florida (beloved by local governments everywhere)
6. Planet of Slums by Mike Davis
7. Owen Hatherley’s two marvellous extended rants about Britain’s urban landscapes, A Guide to The New Ruins of Great Britain and A New Kind of Bleak: Journeys Through Urban Britain.
8. Edgelands by Michael Roberts and Paul Farley the wilderness spaces that spread into towns and cities.
9. Another Classic, Lewis Mumford, The City in History.
10. Estates by Lynsey Hanley.
11. Reinventing London by Bridget Rosewell.
12. The key textbook, The Spatial Economy, Fujita, Krugman and Venables.
That’s a start – no doubt there are loads more.
Update: other titles suggested by Andrew Curry and Ami Shah, & my thanks to them. I don’t know all of these books, as they’re mainly not by economists.
Saskia Sassen, The Global City
John Reader, Cities
Stephen Graham, Cities Under Siege
David Harvey, Rebel Cities and Social Justice and the City
Herbert Girardet, Cities People Planet
Radical Cities by Justin McGuirk, and
Peter Hall/Manuel Castells, Technopoles of the World
Later update: further titles via Twitter today are:
Anna Minton Ground Control
Please keep the suggestions coming!