The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies: Lessons From San Franciso and Los Angeles

Join us for a talk on how San Francisco outpaced L.A.’s urban growth in an unconventional way.
  • Michael Storper, Urban Planning, The University Of California, Los Angeles
    Coach House, Green College, UBC

    Wednesday, March 16, 5-6:30 pm
    in the series
    The Next Urban Planet: Rethinking the City in Time
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  • Today, the Bay Area is home to the most successful knowledge economy in America, while Los Angeles has fallen progressively farther behind its neighbour to the north and a number of other American metropolises. Yet, in 1970, experts would have predicted that L.A. would outpace San Francisco in population, income, economic power, and influence. The usual factors used to explain urban growth—luck, immigration, local economic policies, and the pool of skilled labour—do not account for the contrast between the two cities and their fates. So what does?

    The Rise and Fall of Great Urban Economies challenges many of the conventional notions about economic development and sheds new light on its workings. The authors argue that it is essential to understand the interactions of three major components—economic specialization, human capital formation, and institutional factors—to determine how well a regional economy will cope with new opportunities and challenges. Drawing on economics, sociology, political science, and geography, they argue that the economic development of metropolitan regions hinges on previously underexplored capacities for organizational change in firms, networks of people, and networks of leaders. By studying San Francisco and Los Angeles in unprecedented levels of depth, this book extracts lessons for the field of economic development studies and urban regions around the world.
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  • Unless otherwise noted, all of our lectures are free to attend and do not require registration.

 

When
March 16th, 2016 5:00 PM   through   6:30 PM
Location
Piano Lounge
6201 Cecil Green Park Road
Green College, UBC
Vancouver, BC V6T1Z1
Canada
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Phone: 604-822-8660
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