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Havana: City of the Future

 by Morgan Winters


Tags: International, international relations, Cuba,

If globalization is catalogued in your brain as an impenetrable, abstract idea, filed away somewhere between Existentialism and The Official Rules of Cricket, it will quickly become concrete upon reading Clive Doucet’s clear vision of the future of international commerce in Maisonneuve. The article offers a primer on free-market economics, handily explaining the effects of the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba and how this relationship, camouflaged as the complete absence of a relationship, plays into the greater global marketplace. Along the way, Doucet discusses the environmental impact of the global provisioning system, and how Havana is—oh, the irony—a template for the localized-by-necessity cities of the future.