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Cities of Knowledge by Margaret Pugh O'Mara

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Conclusion

The Next Silicon Valley

THE city of knowledge outlasted both the Cold War science complex and the Levittown-style suburban subdivision. These cities endure as centers of high-tech innovation and productivity, magnets for the professional class, with powerful research universities as their intellectual centers. While labeled “high-tech regions,” most of the late twentieth century’s most successful examples maintained the carefully assembled formula of people, firms, institutions, and spatial design that characterized the scientific communities of the early Cold War. These places have been profoundly important to the way in which we live and work, influencing not only the regional economies in which they are located but national and ...

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