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How Los Angeles Is the Future of Cities

by Bill Hayes

In How Los Angeles Is the Future of Cities for New America Weekly, Afshin Molavi looks at the importance of infrastructure for economic growth.

More than that, the city of angels might offer a road map for, well, how to make America great again.

First, consider this: The Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim metropolitan area is an economic colossus. If it were a country, its $867 billion GDP would be the 17th largest economy in the world, larger than the Netherlands and oil-rich Saudi Arabia, and roughly on par with Turkey. Yes, the entertainment industry plays a role, but it’s a supporting one.

The lead actor in this Los Angeles success story is an unknown, unsung hero celebrated by Trump (as well as former candidate Clinton): infrastructure. This infrastructure supports Los Angeles’ main employment driver: international trade. [more]