THE CITY AS AN ECONOMIC UNIT
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The previous chapter described the distribution of manpower between different activities and different parts of the City, and gave some statistical measures of the association in space between various activities. The present chapter considers some of the economic forces underlying these statistical observations. We examine the special position of the City in the domestic economy and in international trade and finance; we discuss some of the reasons why firms in certain activities seek proximity to other firms engaged in the same activity and also to firms in related activities; we present the results of an inquiry we have undertaken into the actual contacts between people in and outside the City by meetings and messages; and finally, we discuss various centralizing and decentralizing forces affecting firms and activities in the City.