Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Connecting Neighborhoods, Not Nations: Small Geographic Scales of Globalization

The geography of globalization is quite small at Pacific Standard magazine.

Theme: Globalization and migration.

Subject Article: "Small proves beautiful at boutique banks."

Other Links: 1. "America's 1,000 Richest Neighborhoods."
2. "The Dozen Regional Powerhouses Driving the U.S. Economy."
3. "Welcome to a new world of risk-aware globalisation."
4. "Trust in Numbers: The Pursuit of Objectivity in Science and Public Life."
5. "Geography of the Legacy Economy: Mapping the Next Boom."
6. "Urban Islands of Poverty and Bowling With Strangers."

Postscript: I figure the genesis for this post started with the book "Borderless Economics" by Robert Guest. Migrants become agents of globalization. Brain drain is a good thing. Isolation (i.e. no people movement in or out) means crushing poverty. For Guest, the lines of global commerce are the pathways of migrants that connect two places and unleash innovation. But Guest's geography is one of international migration connecting two countries. What about within a country such as the United States? Some places are isolated (e.g. Rust Belt cities). Even within the most globalized cities, neighborhoods are left behind. One doesn't move from Cleveland to New York City. One relocates from Shaker Heights to Greenpoint. Two neighborhoods are connected, enabling a back flow of globalization and, I contend, gentrification.

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