I hope you enjoyed some, if not all, of my reading suggestions from last week. I received some great suggestions via Twitter and email from fellow city geeks, which are much appreciated.
This week I’ve gone for a mix of the current, the old and the classic. I hope you enjoy these and please continue to suggest others that I should read and recommend.
- ‘Homeownership and Entrepreneurship’by Philippe Bracke, Christian Hilber & Olmo Silva (2012) – highly relevant analysis of how buying a house influences whether someone is likely to start their own business.
- ‘Regional Economic Resilience, Hysteresis and Recessionary Shocks’by Ron Martin (2011) – provides substance to the widely used notion of resilience and explores how places can and do respond to economic shocks and what this means for their long-term success.
- ‘Abundance of land, shortage of housing’ by Kristian Niemitz (2012) – critiques some of the reasons offered to explain why UK housing costs have increased over the last decade before calling for a more ‘liberal’ planning system.
- ‘Contrasts in Agglomeration: New York and Pittsburgh’by Benjamin Chinitz (1961) – all I can say is read this and enjoy. 10 pages of great insight into how industry dynamics affect city success.
- ‘Soft City’ by Jonathan Raban (1974) – a travel writer’s perspective on what makes cities so appealing and revolting. Includes a great chapter on anonymity in crowds that reminds me of travelling on the tube every day.