Participants in this forum may find of interest Rob Shields' recent post
on the 'Space & Culture' blog about the current economic climate:
This Weeks News is a Geography Lesson
"News concerning the failure, nationalization and and rescue mergers of
major banks in New York and London is not coming from 'nowhere'.
Understanding what happens next is hard if one concentrates on the media
search for the next particular financial weakling to be culled (the
speculation has been on Morgan Stanley, seeking a Chinese partner) or on
the narrative of financial re-regulation. Instead, how about reading
this as a geography lesson at urban, national and global scales? ..."