The United City-States Of America, Mapped

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Zero Hedge—Authored by Nolan Gray via Medium.com, From ancient Greece to Renaissance Italy to the Four Asian Tigers, city-states have always punched above their weight. They’ve driven culture forward, facilitated global commerce, and charged ahead of their nation-bound peers. Indeed, cities  - and the metropolitan regions that orbit around them  -  make sense as a political and economic unit. The key services we depend on government to do, from building infrastructure to ensuring public safety, are...

Cities across America should unite against big corporations. New York’s resistance to Amazon’s HQ2 is a model for a new kind of politics for cities to follow We are from New York City and Seattle respectively. What unites us – and other major cities across the country—is that we are forced to make hard choices about equity, taxes, and jobs in the age of mega-corporations. Seattle is the birthplace of Amazon. The city government has catered to corporations by refusing to tax them in ways that could benefit working people. When the Seattle City Council...