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Unformatted text preview: o be the fifth-largest city in the world by 1900.26 Other cities, such as St. Louis, experienced similar
meteoric rises. The 20th century, on the other hand, was characterized by the growth of suburbia and the development of metropolitan areas,
knitted together by mass transit and, later, by highways. Today, many Midwestern metropolitan areas have far more people living in their suburbs
than in the central city. Some analysts see the 21st century as being the era of the “megaregion”—areas of the country in which formerly distinct
metropolitan areas are now merging into contiguous zones of integrated economic activity. One such megaregion is the “Great Lakes” region,
comprising much of the Midwest.27 The development of economically suc- cessful regions depends upon the ability to share
information and insights quickly and conveniently. The growth of the Internet and other forms of telecommunication has not replaced the
vital role of face-to-face interactions in generating new ideas and in- creasing economic productivity. In-person business and technology
meetings are con- sidered ess...
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