Much of the literature on modern cities concentrates on the city as an individual entity and seeks policy remedies within this context. In reality, city economies are open, and the development of modern cities in particular have been both driven and shaped by their relationship with other urban areas. Thus it is as important to understand the economic, infrastructure and labour market links between cities as within the cities themselves. City specific policy interventions should be matched with a wider suite of policies designed to facilitate inter-city connectivity.
*Paul Hildreth is a Policy Fellow at the Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures.