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  1. gilll
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    logical relationship

    What does the author mean by saying "The cost of transporting manufactured goods dropped by 90 per cent in real terms in the 20th century, removing the need for regions to have their own manufacturing and distribution hub." I can't figure out the logical relationship between this sentence and the sentences before it.
    (from Economist's View: The Great Urbanization
    Important though government is, it operates in a landscape shaped by technology and globalisation. Just as the growth of cities was driven by one technological revolution, so others can change or reverse it. Edward Glaeser, a Harvard specialist in the economics of cities, points out that the original reasons for the existence of cities are disappearing. The cost of transporting manufactured goods dropped by 90 per cent in real terms in the 20th century, removing the need for regions to have their own manufacturing and distribution hub.)

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    Re: logical relationship

    Quote Originally Posted by gilll View Post
    What does the author mean by saying "The cost of transporting manufactured goods dropped by 90 per cent in real terms in the 20th century, removing the need for regions to have their own manufacturing and distribution hub." I can't figure out the logical relationship between this sentence and the sentences before it.
    (from Economist's View: The Great Urbanization
    Important though government is, it operates in a landscape shaped by technology and globalisation. Just as the growth of cities was driven by one technological revolution, so others can change or reverse it. Edward Glaeser, a Harvard specialist in the economics of cities, points out that the original reasons for the existence of cities are disappearing. The cost of transporting manufactured goods dropped by 90 per cent in real terms in the 20th century, removing the need for regions to have their own manufacturing and distribution hub.)
    The first 2 senetnces set up the second 2.

    1. Technology drives many governmental functions.
    2. Technology created the reason for citites and tecnology can reverse that need.
    3. The need for cities is disappearing.
    4. Cheap transporatation is the reason for that reversal.

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