The money quote?
The real driving force of the world economy is a new and incredibly powerful economic unit: the mega-region.
And where do we line up?
The world’s largest mega is Greater Tokyo, with 55 million people and $2.5 trillion in economic activity. Next is the 500-mile Boston-Washington corridor, with some 54 million people and $2.2 trillion in output. Also in the top 10 are mega-regions that run from Chicago to Pittsburgh, Atlanta to Charlotte, Miami to Tampa, and L.A. to San Diego. Outside of the U.S., you can find megas around Amsterdam, London, Osaka and Nagoya, Milan, Rome and Turin, and Frankfurt and Stuttgart.
I wouldn’t have started this project if I didn’t believe our ‘mega-region’ stretches beyond Chicago and Pittsburgh, but it is heartening nonetheless to see this idea find its way into another major American opinion page. And yes, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Detroit Free Press are major opinion pages, thank you very much.