Category: Rome

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 […]