Category: Multipart posts

The economics of water: Part 7, New York invents municipal finance

18 April, 2008 (09:02) | Cities, History, Infrastructure, Multipart posts, New York City, Urbanization |

[Continued from the previous Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.]   As we’ve seen so far in this extended series on the economics of water taking off from Duke law professor Jim Salzman‘s article Thirst: A Short History of Drinking Water, since housing is what makes cities, infrastructure […]

The economics of water: Part 6, New York tries private infrastructure finance

17 April, 2008 (09:53) | Cities, History, Infrastructure, Multipart posts, New York City, Urbanization |

[Continued from the previous Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.]   As we’ve seen so far in this extended series on the economics of water taking off from Duke law professor Jim Salzman‘s article Thirst: A Short History of Drinking Water, since housing is what makes cities, infrastructure – at […]

The economics of water: Part 5, Roman municipal finance

11 April, 2008 (08:18) | Cities, History, Infrastructure, Multipart posts, Rome, Urbanization |

[Continued from the previous Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.]   As we’ve seen so far in this extended series on the economics of water, since housing is what makes cities, for cities to scale upward, they have to bring infrastructure to their slums.  The Roman emperors, who needed larger capital to […]

The economics of water: Part 4, Rome invents the municipality

10 April, 2008 (10:01) | Cities, History, Infrastructure, Multipart posts, Rome, Urbanization |

[Continued from the previous Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.]   In Part 1 on the economics of water, I claimed that because housing is what makes cities, piping and water management was a precondition of forming cities, and is a controlling variable on successful urbanization in the global south, where the world’s rapidly expanding cities […]

The economics of water: Part 3, pre-urban rules for societies

2 April, 2008 (09:59) | Cities, History, India, Infrastructure, Multipart posts, Urbanization |

[Continued from the previous Part 1 and Part 2.]   So far in our examination of the economics of water, drawing from Duke law professor Jim Salzman‘s article Thirst: A Short History of Drinking Water and looking for principles applicable to 21st century urbanization in the world’s rapidly expanding cities and the spontaneous communities that […]