Introduction to How Cities Will Save the World: Urban Innovation in the Face of Population Flows, Climate Change, and Economic Inequality

How Cities Will Save the World: Urban Innovation in the Face of Population Flows, Climate Change, and Economic Inequality, Taylor & Francis, Forthcoming

Albany Law School Working Papers Series No. 24 for 2015-2016

Georgia State University College of Law, Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2016-13

12 Pages Posted: 7 May 2016 Last revised: 27 Oct 2016

Raymond H. Brescia

Albany Law School

John Travis Marshall

Georgia State University - College of Law

Date Written: May 5, 2016

Abstract

Cities are frequently viewed as passive participants to state and national efforts to solve the toughest urban problems. But the evidence suggests otherwise. Cities are actively devising innovative policy solutions and they have the potential to do even more. In “How Cities Will Save the World: Urban Innovation in the Face of Population Flows, Climate Change, and Economic Inequality” (Routledge, 2016), of which this work is the Introduction, a collection of authors examine current threats to communities across the U.S. and the globe. They draw on first-hand experience with, and accounts of, the crises already precipitated by climate change, population shifts, and economic inequality. This volume is distinguished, however, by its central objective of traveling beyond a description of problems and a discussion of their serious implications. Each of the thirteen chapters frame specific recommendations and guidance on the range of core capacities and interventions that 21st century cities would be prudent to consider in mapping their immediate and future responses to these critical problems. "How Cities Will Save the World" brings together authors with frontline experience in the fields of city redevelopment, urban infrastructure, healthcare, planning, immigration, historic preservation, and local government administration. They not only offer their ground level view of threats caused by climate change, population shifts, and economic inequality, but they provide solution-driven narratives identifying promising innovations to help cities tackle this century’s greatest adversities.

Keywords: Climate Change, Economic Inequality, Cities, Urban Planning, Economic Development

JEL Classification: O00, O18, D63, Q2

Suggested Citation

Brescia, Raymond H. and Marshall, John Travis, Introduction to How Cities Will Save the World: Urban Innovation in the Face of Population Flows, Climate Change, and Economic Inequality (May 5, 2016). How Cities Will Save the World: Urban Innovation in the Face of Population Flows, Climate Change, and Economic Inequality, Taylor & Francis, Forthcoming; Albany Law School Working Papers Series No. 24 for 2015-2016; Georgia State University College of Law, Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2016-13. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2776153

Raymond H. Brescia (Contact Author)

Albany Law School ( email )

80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
United States

John Travis Marshall

Georgia State University - College of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 4037
Atlanta, GA 30302-4037
United States

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