Dr. Ford is a professor of geography at San Diego State University, San Diego, California 92182–4493.
MIDTOWNS, MEGASTRUCTURES, AND WORLD CITIES
Article first published online: 21 APR 2010
1998 American Geographical Society
Volume 88, Issue 4, pages 528–547, October 1998
How to Cite
FORD, L. R. (1998), MIDTOWNS, MEGASTRUCTURES, AND WORLD CITIES. Geographical Review, 88: 528–547. doi: 10.1111/j.1931-0846.1998.tb00125.x
- Issue published online: 21 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 21 APR 2010
- world cities
ABSTRACT. “Midtown” is an important but understudied component of the morphology and historical evolution of North American and, to a lesser extent, European cities, and landmark buildings have played a notable role in giving midtowns identity and prestige. Especially significant are the recent diffusion and expansion of the twinned “midtown-skyscraper” concept to the major cities of East and Southeast Asia. For a variety of reasons, it is likely that massive midtowns anchored by famous buildings will become most evident on the western fringe of the Pacific Rim. Western architectural, engineering, and planning firms are playing major roles in this diffusion and illustrate nicely the importance of exporting the service component of the global economy. Buildings and midtowns provide (reinforced) concrete examples of the impact of the new global economy on the landscapes of major cities.