The U.S. is regaining ground as a manufacturing powerhouse, but the goods we’re producing and way in which they’re produced have taken on a new shape– a much smaller one. Instead of large factories that could take up a city block for the production of steel, textiles, and complete automobiles, America is becoming known for its ability to produce small sensors, medical devices, and nanoscale goods. This has changed what we think of as a manufacturing landscape and opened up the potential for urban areas and cities to become major manufacturing hubs. However, our current cities may not be able to host such development at the pace some are pushing.
“If cities have an opportunity to import new, smaller, cleaner manufacturers, however, politicians and planners in many cities will still have difficult decisions to make about precisely where to place them, and on what terms. Many cities could experience a new round in ‘the conflict between commerce and housing,’…”
It’s important to ask whether more manufactures should scale down their production to exist, unobtrusively, and thrive within the modern American city, or if we should be modifying and developing urban areas to meet with a future based in prosperous U.S. manufacturing.
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