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Lecture 5

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University of Toronto St. George
Damian Dupuy

Cliff Lau University of Toronto GGR124 Lecture 5 (February 9, 2011) Midterm: 1 hour long 6:10-7:10 (then short lecture after) Look up past exams Mixture of MC and short definitions (explain why the termconcept is important to urban geography) Lecture 1 to today In lecture hall (ES1050) Cities as Centres of Production Cities as Centres of Manufacturing and Service Delivery Urban centres dont build it, but they come up with the innovations Number of manufacturing jobs may decrease, but its only the low-skilled labour are losing their jobs but trained engineers will always have a job Why is there a functional specialization among cities (especially manufacturing activity)? Why are larger cities more economically diversified than smaller cities? Smaller cities may have one major industry (Oshawa auto industry) Why do some cities have concentrations of corporate headquarters while others do not? Most headquarters are in NYC as they are not evenly spread out over the world. A lot of the decisions made are made in the same area. Manufacturing is one of the most important components of urban growth Manufacturing helps explain: 1. Development of the urban system 2. The emergence of large industrial metropolises 3. Specialization of cities in particular industries (the products RIM uses would be made in other areas) 4. Differences in rates of growth, due to specialization
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