Monday, December 10, 2012

Atlantic Monthly Cities Blog :: The Surprising Design of Market Economies

The Surprising Design of Market Economies

By Alex Marshall

The Atlantic Monthly's Cities blog inteviews author Alex Marshall:  

"Alex Marshall, a journalist and senior fellow at the Regional Plan Association, has written two books on the topic of cities: How Cities Work: Suburbs, Sprawl and The Roads Not Taken and Beneath the Metropolis: The Secret Lives of Cities. He also lectures on urbanism and teaches courses on infrastructure.

His newest book, released this fall, is a departure—but not as radical of one as it might first appear. The Surprising Design of Market Economies debunks the notion that free markets are "natural." Indeed, Marshall explains, market economies are about as natural as the "completely human-made and -maintained" Prospect Park near his Brooklyn apartment.
"City leaders didn’t just leave nature as is," he writes. "They constructed it." The same is true for market economies, Marshall explained in a recent interview with The Atlantic Cities."

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