Something in the Aer
This is either a testament to UNC business professor John Kasarda's awesome PR machine, the staying power of a good urban-planning concept, the laziness flattery ...
This is either a testament to UNC business professor John Kasarda's awesome PR machine, the staying power of a good urban-planning concept, the laziness flattery of journalists, or some combination of the three.
Kasarda's concept -- which he calls an "aerotropolis" -- describes the mega developments that can spring up around a city's airport. It's a neat word to describe a fact of urban planning, but it's not exactly a new idea. Even Kasarda's word for it isn't new.
But that hasn't stopped a few major media outlets from recently jumping on a bandwagon that Governing was on six years ago. To wit:
Wall Street Journal, 1/24/07, Flight Plan: Airports Take Off As Development Hubs:
Airports are "the new central business districts of the postindustrial economy," says the University of North Carolina business professor.
Memphis Commercial Appeal, 12/14/06, Memphis leads nation en route to 'aerotropolis':
If you've heard the term "aerotropolis," thank John Kasarda... Memphis International Airport is the closest America has to an aerotropolis, said Kasarda...
New York Times, 12/10/06, 2006 Year in Ideas: The Aerotropolis:
Traditionally, of course, airports have served cities, but in the past few years airports have started to become cities unto themselves, giving rise to a new urban form: the aerotropolis.... "Access, access, access is replacing location, location, location as the most important commercial real estate principle," Kasarda says.
Governing, 9/01, Freight Expectations:
"Airports have become the new downtown," says John Kasarda, a professor in the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who uses the term "aerotropolis" to describe cities such as Columbus.
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
Undocumented Immigrants Can't Be Denied Bail, Rules Missouri Supreme Court20 hours ago
Interstate Health Care, Part of GOP's Replacement Plan, Has Failed to Attract Insurers' Interest21 hours ago
Child Care Subsidies Are Dwindling, for and by the States21 hours ago
What Oakland Can Learn From Rhode Island's Response to Deadly 2003 Fire22 hours ago
30 Road Projects Halted in Montana Due to Budget Shortfall22 hours ago
South Carolina Makes History With 4 Women in State Senate23 hours ago