The fabric of our lives: Cities, slums, neighborhoods, people
What is a city, and what makes Chicago so different from Los Angeles? Luis Bettencourt peers inside the city, down to the data describing its neighborhoods and its people. He shows how a city is less a place than a fabric, weaved from the threads of the individual lives interacting within it – it is, in fact, connections that define a city. He then suggests that, from a perspective of human development, the world’s slums can be thought of not necessarily as problems, but rather as gateways for millions of people transitioning from largely self-sufficient rural lives to highly connected urban lives.
Luis Bettencourt, Professor, Santa Fe Institute
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