May 14, 2011


John D. Kasarda, & Greg Lindsay, Aerotropolis: The Way We'llLive Next (New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2011) ("[R]ather than banish airports to the edge of town and then do our best to avoid them, we will build this century's cities around them. Why? Because people once chose to live in cities for the wealth of connections they offered socially, financially, intellectually, and so forth. But in the era of globalization, we choose cities drawing closer together themselves, linked by fiber-optic cables and jet aircraft." Id. at 5. "The aerotropolis represents the logic of globalization made flesh in the form of cities. Whether we consider it to be good or simply inevitable, the global village holds these truths to be self-evident: that customers on the far side of the world may matter more than those next door; that costs must be continually be wrung from every piece of business in a market-share war of all against all; that the pace of business, and of life, will always move faster and cover more ground; and that we must pledge our allegiance if we want our iPhones, Amazon orders, fatty tuna, Lipitor, and Valentine's Day roses at our door tomorrow morning. If the airport is the mechanism making all of these things possible, . . . then everything else--our factories, office, homes, schools--will be built accordingly. The aerotropolis . . . will be a new kind of city, one native to our era of instant gratification--call it the Instant Age." Id. at 6. :-(( ).