Growth, innovation, scaling, and the pace of life in cities

  title={Growth, innovation, scaling, and the pace of life in cities},
  author={L. Bettencourt and J. Lobo and D. Helbing and C. K{\"u}hnert and G. West},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  pages={7301 - 7306}
  • L. Bettencourt, J. Lobo, +2 authors G. West
  • Published 2007
  • Economics, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Humanity has just crossed a major landmark in its history with the majority of people now living in cities. Cities have long been known to be society's predominant engine of innovation and wealth creation, yet they are also its main source of crime, pollution, and disease. The inexorable trend toward urbanization worldwide presents an urgent challenge for developing a predictive, quantitative theory of urban organization and sustainable development. Here we present empirical evidence indicating… CONTINUE READING
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