The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies: Lessons from San Francisco and Los Angeles.

November 5th, 2015
maxresdefault.jpgWe’ve seen that different cities often emerge as the the center of their times.  This has been true from the Greek city states, through the Roman Empire and right up until the present, here in America. It seems that every major cultural, social and political movement of the modern era seems to be anchored in its own place.

New York became a kind of capital of the 50’s.  In the 60’s places like San Francisco and Berkeley were the center of gravity.  New York and to a certain extent L.A. seemed to launch the post war economy of the 70’s.  Washington seemed to dominate the 80’s and with the decline of New York, it seemed like the 80’s would belong to L.A.

But something happened.  Something that moved the locus of the knowledge economy to San Francisco and the Bay Area.

What happened and why is at the core of the years of research done by Michael Storper and his colleagues and put forth in their book The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies: Lessons from San Francisco and Los Angeles.

My conversation with Michael Storper: