By Hazel Duffy
Aggressive Citites is an review of how within which `partnership', a observe a lot utilized by politicians, has helped to form the commercial futures of 4 towns on either side of the Atlantic - Atlanta, Toronto, Birmingham and Rotterdam.
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So does Canada, frequently held up as the country which has most successfully adapted socially to the growing mix of races in its population. Toronto takes at least half of the immigrants into Ontario, about one-quarter of the total into Canada. From being a European and pre-dominantly Anglo-Saxon city, Toronto has arrived at the point where at least one-quarter of its population has an ethnic minority background. Although particular districts in the city are associated traditionally with immigrant populations, there is nothing like the same concentration of poor minorities (including black, although these are hardly newcomers) as in the United States.
And a city that can sustain a reputation for being safe and free of racial tensions will also be a factor. Porter advises companies to: find the localities whose regulations foreshadow those elsewhere. Some regions and cities will typically lead others in terms of their concern with social problems, such as safety, environmental quality, and the like. Instead of avoiding such areas, as some companies do, they should be sought out. The firm should define its internal goals as meeting or exceeding their standards.
The present provincial tier will go. In the Rotterdam area, the city council will also be dissolved, by its own volition, in a bid to make the new system work. Politicians argued that its continuation would have meant that, by virtue of its size, it would dominate the new structure, to the detriment of the whole. The Netherlands, traditionally highly centralized, will be watched with interest in most of Europe and North America. At this stage, there are critics as well as enthusiasts. 20 Others say that success will depend on central government being prepared to part with power and finance, or warn that the disappearance of the city of Rotterdam will weaken the administrative system which has avoided extremes of wealth and poverty in the cities.
Competitive Cities: Succeeding in the Global Economy by Hazel Duffy