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Bell Ringer: Factors Influencing the Economic Growth of Cities

Factors Influencing the Growth of Cities

Manhattan Institute president Reihan Salam talked about the growth of U.S. cities and the factors that impacted the growth of urban areas in the 20th Century. He spoke about the economic pull factors that kept people in cities and how the communications revolution is changing urban areas.

Description

Manhattan Institute president Reihan Salam talked about the growth of U.S. cities and the factors that impacted the growth of urban areas in the late 20th Century. He spoke about the agglomeration effects that developed in cities and how the communications revolution might change urban areas.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • What problems did cities face prior to the 1980s?
  • What does Reihan Salam mean when he says that cities had a “tremendous renaissance over the subsequent decades”?
  • What concerns does Mr. Salam have about the future of cities?
  • Describe the size and growth of cities as of 2020.
  • According to Mr. Salam, how did large research universities impact the growth of cities?
  • How did cities benefit from the agglomeration or clustering of skilled workers and businesses?
  • How might advances in communication technologies make these dense concentrations of talent less necessary?
  • AP Human Geography Extension Question: How does the growth of cities described in this clip illustrate the concepts of agglomeration effects and cumulative causation?

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Agglomeration
    • Concentration
    • Cumulative Causation
    • Deindustrialization
    • Density
    • Externality
    • Fiscal
    • Governance
    • Research University
    • Spillover
    • Suburb
    • Urban Core

    Topics

    Economics & Financial LiteracyGeography

    Grades

    High SchoolUniversity