Cities and the Wealth of Nations
By Jane Jacobs
Random House, 1984, 384 pp.
Cities have been compared with countries in their relations with the rest of the world before, but the case has probably never been as fully developed, and then carried too far, as it is here. Good points are made about how cities thrive and why they can be damaged by being parts of nations, but criteria are vague, differences are not explored, and some problems seem defined away. Monocausal explanations are always dubious, but this one sets a reader thinking, at least for a while.