The age of the great explorers of the New World is long past; its sole remnants are the surveillance satellites which graph the final remaining area uncertainties. The equivalent in our own time of the early geographers' and naturalists' target is the increasing effort to comprehend the dynamics of a society whose complexity makes description, much less prediction, increasingly difficult.Our central cities have suffered enormously in potency and scale. A continuing area phenomenon is the force which has reduced the role of central city in favor of an expanding suburban ring. The regional future is increasingly obscure and the relative status of the United States within the world economy is challenged in every sector. The demand for a vision of the future has never been so great.A whole new economic reality is gradually coming home. How do we place America's prospects in a world context? What regions and cities will win? Lose? Is there a new economic geography or just a pause before the next energy crunch? Is there really a technological imperative? And if so, what are its shape and potency? What does it mean to the developer of real estate, the municipal official, the marketer trying to come to grips with tomorrow's growth dynamics? The collection of papers incorporated into this volume provides data insights generated by some of the best analysts of our time.