For Release Friday, July 26, 2013
Originally Posted at SaportaReport.com
The offer was too good to refuse. Come spend a couple of days by a beautiful lake in cool New Hampshire during the hottest days of summer to talk about the future of cities and regions in North America and the world, with some of the most engaged experts in the country.
The offer came from Neal Peirce, a respected veteran journalist who’s been writing about metro areas for decades.
Every couple of years, Peirce and a core group of “Citistates associates” have been getting together for a Citistates Convergence – a casual yet in-depth exchange of ideas and observations on what is happening in urbanism and regionalism.
A couple dozen of us gathered in mid-July in an idyllic setting – just as Peirce had promised, with the exception of temperature, as New England sweltered in a heat wave, significantly warmer than Atlanta.
Peirce had invited a variety of his associates with the Citiwire.net newsletter – a resource of columns about political and economic issues affecting regions and urban trends.
Monday morning, Peirce opened the conversation by stating that metro areas are the economic engines for nations and states, yet there often are several barriers to regionalism. Immediately he was challenged by Alex Marshall, a journalist and author of The Surprising Design of Market Economies.
Neal Peirce, (right) with journalist and author Alex Marshall. Source: Maria Saporta of SaportaReport.com
Marshall told Peirce he does “not believe that cities and metro areas are where the action is.” Instead, he said, it is the nation states such as Korea and China that are “growing very, very quickly.” And they are doing it as nations. “You can argue that it’s national policies that are having the major impact, and that the nation-state is still extremely important,” Marshall said.