POLS 2910 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Lewis Mumford, Urban Design, Knowledge Economy

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Where we live: changing urban life and politics. Financing of municipal government: reliance on property taxes. The just released 2011 census figures show that 82% of canadians live in urban areas: 69% live in the 33 largest urban areas, cities are growing at almost 4 times the rate of rural areas (7. 4 vs 1. 7%). Just 18% live outside cities and large towns. losing population: the three largest cities toronto, montr al and vancouver accounted for 35. 0% of the total. Canadian population: due largely to immigration, toronto and the gta and vancouver are growing at over 9. 2% per year, the major cities in saskatchewan and alberta were growing even more quickly. Cities are increasingly the engines of our economy. Scholars like richard florida"s and before him jane. By knowledge workers they mean intellectuals who have the products of their minds to sell rather than workers who (supposedly) have only their muscle power for sale.

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