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The Forward City

Section 3: Jacobs’ Spectrum of Economic Regions


From: Cities Matter


Chapter 7 Economic literature now uses the term Jacobs’ agglomeration, and the term “forward city” is original to this text. The chapter describes “Jacobs Agglomeration” as a city which is diverse, growing, and inventive, which are called “Forward Cities.” It discusses topics including opportunity for migrants and youth, innovative industries, and openness towards trade and science.



Charles-Albert Ramsay

Charles-Albert Ramsay is a Montreal economist and teacher with an MA in Economics from the Université de Sherbrooke. As a journalist, he has reported on new business projects in cities throughout Canada and internationally. Specializing in innovation and urban economics, he has taught economics at Dawson College and Kiuna Institution in Quebec.