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Second Tier Cities

Rapid Growth beyond the Metropolis

1999

Ann Markusen, Yong-Sook Lee, and Sean DiGiovanna, editors

Second Tier Cities

Analyzes and compares the rapid growth of medium-sized cities.

The culmination of an ambitious five-year, fourteen-city research project conducted by an international team of economists and geographers, Second Tier Cities examines the potential of these new regions to balance uneven regional development, create good, stable jobs, and moderate hyper-urbanization.

Contributors: Clelio Campolina Diniz, Masatomi Funaba, Elyse Golob, Mia Gray, Jun Ho Jeong, Sam Ock Park, Mohamad Razavi; Fabiana Borges T. Santos, and Masayuki Sasaki.

I recommend this book to regional planners and analysts. It is a useful contribution to the literature.

Journal of the American Planning Association

Over the past thirty years, transnational investment, trade, and government policies have encouraged the decentralization of national economies, disrupting traditional patterns of urban and regional growth. Many smaller cities-such as Seattle, Washington; Campinas, Brazil; Oita, Japan; and Kumi, Korea-have grown markedly faster than the largest metropolitan regions. These “second tier cities” are home to specialized industrial complexes that have taken root, provided significant job growth, and attracted mobile capital and labor.

The culmination of an ambitious five-year, fourteen-city research project conducted by an international team of economists and geographers, Second Tier Cities examines the potential of these new regions to balance uneven regional development, create good, stable jobs, and moderate hyper-urbanization. Comparing across national borders, the contributors describe four types of second tier cities: Marshallian industrial districts, hub-and-spoke cities, satellite platforms, and government-anchored complexes. They find that both industrial and regional policies have been important contributors to the rise of second tier cities, though the former often trump the latter. Lessons for local, national, and international policymakers are drawn. The authors are critical of devolution and argue that it must be accompanied by strong labor and environmental standards and mechanisms to overcome differential regional resource endowments.

Contributors: Clelio Campolina Diniz, U Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil; Masatomi Funaba, Kobe U of Commerce, Japan; Elyse Golob, NYC Economic Development Goup; Mia Gray, Cambridge U; Jun Ho Jeong, Oxford U; Sam Ock Park, Seoul National U; Mohammad Razavi; Fabiana Borges T. Santos, U Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil; and Masayuki Sasaki, Kanzawa U, Japan.

Second Tier Cities

Ann R. Markusen is professor of public policy and planning at the Humphrey Institute of the University of Minnesota. Yong-Sook Lee is research associate at the Project on Regional and Industrial Economics (PRIE) and Sean DiGiovanna is assistant research Professor in the Center for Urban Policy Research (CUPR) at Rutgers University.

Second Tier Cities

I recommend this book to regional planners and analysts. It is a useful contribution to the literature.

Journal of the American Planning Association

Rich. This book is an exciting and major contribution to advancing the field of regional and industrial development. It has the potential to become a truce classic.

Journal of Planning Education and Research