In an age where the globalization process is threatening the uniqueness and vitality of small towns, and where most urban planning discourse is directed at topics such as metropol-regions or mega-regions and world cities, the authors here emphasize the need to critically reflect on the potential of small towns. The second edition is expanded to cover the intensive development of small towns in China and Korea. In addition, the authors examine the impact of the economic crisis on small towns and the recent development of the Slow City movement.
Paul L. Knox is University Distinguished Professor and former Dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech. His recent books include Urbanization (Prentice Hall, 2005, with L. McCarthy), Urban Social Geography (Pearson, 2005, with S. Pinch), Places and Regions in Global Context (Prentice Hall, 2006, with Sallie Marston), and The Geography of the World Economy (Routledge, 2008, with J. Agnew and L. McCarthy).Heike Mayer is associate professor in the Urban Affairs and Planning program at Virginia Tech s Alexandria Center. Her research interests are in local and regional economic development planning. Her work has been published in the Journal of the American Planning Association, Journal of Urban Affairs, Economic Development Quarterly, Economic Development Journal, Die Alte Stadt, Geographische Rundschau International and with the Brookings Institution.