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Reviewing “Cityscapes and Capital” Chapter 1: The Argument What is Pagano and Bowman’s central argument? Politics Matters What does this mean? Why is this important? “Public economic development is the result of a purposive political decision and is undertaken selectively.” “Politics matters because those conscious and purposive development actions are choices of city leaders .” “Local officials pursue development as a means of reaching an ideal, reflecting an image they hold collectively of what their city ought to be.” In sum, the argument is that “ a city seeks economic development for reasons that include its history, its place in the hierarchy of cities, and its aspirations to change…
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Reviewing “Cityscapes and Capital” Chapter 1: A Bit of Background The concept of “City Limits” as espoused by Peterson Regime Theory as espoused by Stone (and others) Chapter 1: The Methods Behind the Argument What was their sample population? What numeric criteria did they use to test their ideas? Why are these criteria important to their study? What other criteria factored into their final selection of cities? Once the cities were chosen, what method(s) did Pagano and Bowman use to investigate their ideas? Big Methodological Point : When choosing comparison cities (for whatever you are doing) there are relatively easy methods available to you to go about selecting a good sample.
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Reviewing “Cityscapes and Capital” Chapter 2: Public Capital, Systems of Cities, and Perceptual Orbits What factors do most analysts conclude drive local governments to invest in large public projects?
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