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Brandon Fuller and Paul Romer
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Este blog es maravilloso. Siempre hay de toda la informacion ideal en las ideas de mis dedos. Gracias y sigan con su excelente trabajo!
The notion of "charter cities" as outlined here is utopian. Complex social mechanisms like cities can never be ruled by technocracy alone. Even if they are constructed de novo, they are liable rapidly to become marked by lines of political cleavage of many different sorts. In addition, cities are subject to path-dependent dynamics. This means that they cannot be continually re-equilibrated, but are shaped over time by their own developmental logic.
lo que yo queria, gracias
Carlos V. Ramirez January 05, 2011 at 1:35 AM
Promueven ciudad modelo

Paul Romer hará una presentación oficial en el BCIE y luego viajará a Trujillo con el presidente de la República, Porfirio Lobo Sosa, junto al titular del Congreso Nacional, Juan Orlando Hernández

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La propuesta de Romer es construir una ciudad modelo en Trujillo.El inversionista norteamericano Paul Romer llega hoy a Honduras a explorar posibilidad de construir una ciudad modelo bajo el esquema de la inversión público privada.

Romer hará una presentación oficial en el BCIE y luego viajará a Trujillo con el presidente de la República, Porfirio Lobo Sosa, junto al titular del Congreso Nacional, Juan Orlando Hernández.

Su propuesta es construir una ciudad piloto en territorio hondureño y que se replique para la economía del país lo que Hong Kong hizo para China.

El economista hará una presentación oficial ante el gobierno hondureño de su propuesta para construir una ciudad satélite en un país en vías de desarrollo.

El economista y profesor de la universidad de Stanford está impulsando una idea que a su criterio ayudará a muchos países pobres a salir del subdesarrollo, ya que considera que la creación de una ciudad modelo dentro de su territorio irremediablemente incluirá al país dentro de una vorágine de inversiones y dinamismo económico que beneficiará a todos sus habitantes.

Story in yesterday,01.03.2011, edition of the El Heraldo newspaper in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Thank you.

Carlos V. Ramirez
Industrial and Mechanical Engineer/Computer Speciaalist
Bronx - Riverdale, NY
Gilbert W. Chapman December 27, 2010 at 2:26 PM
Good Points, Dr. Finlay.

You're probably correct. The days of creating a future nation, outward and upward from a "Plymouth Rock", are, no doubt, long gone.

But . . . It's nice to dream of that utopia (mentioned in the first Comment) once in awhile, right?

Thank you for the response.

Well Gilbeert these "villages" were large working class communities housing 1000s and built on a romantic view of the village. The challenge of building new villages around IT genuises is that ideas and intellectual property are so fluid and mobile. In reality the economic infrastructure created by ideas and IP in, say, the Scottish Highlands, might just as easily be (and increasingly is) located in India or China. Tough challenge building a real community around that.
Mauritius is in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
Without a moral core, no society endures for long. America is about to learn that lesson.
Gilbeert W. Chapman December 22, 2010 at 9:46 AM
But, Dr. Finley . . .

What would happen if those English villages had been created to house ambitious computer geniuses who could create 21st century 'company towns', i.e. as Milton Hershey did (for all intents and purposes) in Pennsylvania, with no need for manufacturing plants, etc.

In this case, the economic challenges you correctly noted might not be as insurmountable . . . Right?
The real threat that this idea faces is not governance, its the people who will live there. Planned urban environments rarely work in the way that they are intended because they are subverted by people and circumstances. Most 60s public sector housing developments in the UK emulated the village. They were built around the civic square with its pub and shops. There was a failure to understand that a reasonable average household income level is necessary to sustain these instituations, that poor people make choices and that edge of community supermarkets (approved of by the same planners) kill off local retail. The pub and the shops increasingly rely on the non-car owning, elderly, frail, poorest residents and close. The civic square turns into a no go area. If a charter city was built on the coast of a developing nation, how long would it be before the charter shanty town was set up on its edge?
What is glaringly absent from the considerations of Mssrs Fuller & Romer is any appreciation for the physical hinterland that is the essential matrix for every city. This is a pipe-dream.
Gilbert W. Chapman December 21, 2010 at 9:25 PM
Unless I am sadly mistaken, the authors have articulated a framework that could easily be overlaid onto the United States as a design to absorb 'illegal immigrants' into our country.
The I woke up and I was on Earth.
So, Utopianism is not a left-wing monopoly.