Cities are obviously more than just the sum of their physical assets — roads and bridges, offices, factories, shopping centers, and homes — working more like living organisms than jumbles of concrete. Their inner workings even transcend their ability to cluster and concentrate people and economic activity. As sociologist Zachary Neal of Michigan State University argues in his new book, The Connected City, cities are made up of human social networks.
Does the design of streets, for example, influence who our friends are?
What are the key factors that shape the networks of a connected city?
To what degree do influential people matter to the connected city?
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