Global Cities are Coastal Cities Too: Paradox in Sustainability?

24 Pages Posted: 8 Nov 2012

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Date Written: October 31, 2012


Worldwide, most global cities are located in coastal zones, but a paradox of sustainability is especially striking for American global cities. This article examines such paradox drawn between globalization-induced development and coastal ecosystems. It focuses on two developmental components found principally in global cities: (1) the agglomeration of foreign waterborne commerce and global business services and (2) the accelerated activity and mobility habits of a global professional class. Despite formidable gaps in research, some anecdotal evidence suggests unique hazards exist for the coastal ecology as globalization pressures expand a global city’s urban footprint.

Keywords: Urban Public Policy, Global Cities, Globalization, Coastal Resources, Economic Development, Ecological Sustainability

JEL Classification: J18, L91, L98, O13, O18, Q28. R14, R41

Suggested Citation

Boschken, Herman L., Global Cities are Coastal Cities Too: Paradox in Sustainability? (October 31, 2012). Urban Studies, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN:

Herman L. Boschken (Contact Author)

San Jose State University ( email )

One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0070
United States

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