Global Cities are Coastal Cities Too: Paradox in Sustainability?
Urban Studies Online, October 30, 2012
Posted: 31 Oct 2017
Date Written: OCTOBER 30, 2012
Worldwide, most global cities are located in coastal zones, but the paradox of sustainability is especially striking for US global cities. This article examines such a paradox, drawn between globalization-induced development and coastal ecosystems. It focuses on two developmental components found principally in global cities: the agglomeration of foreign waterborne commerce and global business services; and, the accelerated activity and mobility habits of a global professional class. Despite formidable gaps in research, some anecdotal evidence suggests that unique hazards exist for the coastal ecology as globalization pressures expand a global city's urban fingerprint.
Keywords: global city, ecological sustainability, seaport, waterborne commerce, coastal zone, globalization, business services, urban public policy
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