Cities attract people of different talents and skills. Its streets and buildings form competitive cauldrons where these differences are refined into specialization. Specializations combine into industries that produce a sum greater than the individual parts. Those sums are then sold elsewhere to create wealth.
Cities, then, are the deep sea vent of economies: the place where elements collide to create new forms of life. That makes them vital for any national strategy of growth. In fact, such a strategy should piece together how the cities within a country’s borders can complement each other as they compete.
Prague, today, has a challenge. For centuries, the city has been a primary generator of Czech economic growth. Now, due to the circumstances of history, the city could become stranded in a no-man’s land between macro-regions centered around Berlin, Munich or Vienna. City planners, and national strategists, must be alert to this possibility, and seek to counter the pull of these great European cities.
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8th February 2023