Friday, May 26, 2006

Is "Aerotropoli" really a word?

I mentioned earlier a publication worth reading: The Next American City. Given the focus on the airport as a nexus of economic development, this quarter's issue has a locally relevant article: The Rise of the Aerotropolis. "Aerotropolis (de facto pl. aerotropoli?) being a euphemism for airport driven commercial development (pdf file). The article focuses on Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport which may not be a fair goal for Pittsburgh or most anywhere else. Anyone who has ever flown into or through Schiphol, which is truly an international hub, will testify that it is a veritable city unto itself.

Also I mention again, they are planning an issue focused on the Green Building Movement which seems a perfect subject for Pittsburgh authors. See their main page for more info.