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Friday, May 15, 2009


Off the beaten path

Regional World Cities. I find this stuff to be very interesting.

For starters, if you aren't familiar with the Strange Maps blog, you should bookmark it. It is certainly one of my favorite reads.

This map and a brief discussion of major world cities were posted on the Strange Maps blog. Basically it is a map of the most economically important cities and the regions with which they interact. The think-tank that came up with this map subdivides the world in to three major economic regions: The Americas, Europe/Africa/Middle East, and Asia/Oceania

The source site is The Globalization and World Cities Research Network.

The GaWC defines 5 broad categories of regional cities: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and two minor categories High Sufficiency and Sufficiency cities based upon how they link their region into the world markets. New York and London are the only two Alpha++ cities. In the 2008 list Miami isn't even listed, while on earlier maps it was considered to be the focal point of South American economic activity.

You might surf their site if stuff like this interests you.

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