Up In the Air

Flying has become as important a form of travel as its grounded, four-wheeled counterpart, as well as an integral part of the global economy. That’s what Greg Lindsay and John D. Kasarda focus on in their new book, Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next.

“I wanted to write a book about globalization,” says Lindsay. “I was taken with air travel because it’s the physical side of it.” So taken, in fact, that he’s stretched the idea to its logical extreme, describing a future where cities will be built around airports instead of away from them, reasoning that economic growth will develop based on the businesses attracted by a major airport. Aerotropolis takes the long view, looking at how airports can and will affect global economics, international relations, even sociological change.

Lindsay will be on hand at 7:30 p.m. tonight to give a short presentation and answer questions at the Tattered Cover Book Store in Highlands Ranch, 9315 Dorchester Street; admission is free. For more information, call 303-470-7050 or visit www.tatteredcover.com.
Tue., May 10, 7:30 p.m., 2011