Shaping Cities: The Necessity of Sacred Space

by Joel Kotkin

Joel Kotkin discusses the influence of sacred space on urban development.

Joel Kotkin is an internationally recognized authority on global, economic, political, and social trends. Described by The New York Times as America’s “uber-geographer,” for over three decades Mr. Kotkin has been one of the nation’s most prolific and widely published journalists. His work appears regularly in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The American. Kotkin is the author of The City: A Global History and most recently, The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050. He currently writes the weekly “New Geographer” column for


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