Angkor, ou les causes du déclin des villes

Est-ce que les pandémies, les catastrophes naturelles ou les guerres mènent à la mort des villes? Pas vraiment selon cette autrice:

Lost-city anxieties, like the ones aroused by the pandemic, result from a misunderstanding of what causes cities to decline. Pandemics, invasions, and other major calamities are not the usual culprits in urban abandonment. Instead, what kills cities is a long period in which their leaders fail to reckon honestly with ongoing, everyday problems—how workers are treated, whether infrastructure is repaired. Unsustainable, unresponsive governance in the face of long-term challenges may not look like a world-historical problem, but it’s the real threat that cities face.

On revient toujours aux cônes oranges.

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