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It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy: We assume families don’t want to live downtown, we therefore don’t design for family, and, sure enough, families don’t come, or they don’t stay.

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Tag Archives: Cities

November 16, 2016
How to Make Smart Cities That Benefit Everyone
City Metric

Smart city projects are big investments that are supposed to drive social transformation: decisions made early in the process determine what exactly will change. Smart city policy, then, must be intelligently adaptive to their residents’ needs. How can this be done?

November 14, 2016
Squeezing the Balloon in Missoula
Granola Shotgun

I spent a week exploring Missoula which is geographically between those two towns. Missoula is the kind of small rural college town that appeals to me, having the advantage of a compact walkable downtown while providing a generous supply of nearby single family homes.

Video: Florida and Kotkin in Conversation
Aaron Renn

Richard Florida and Joel Kotkin recently had a major joint appearance in Kansas City, one with a great deal of agreement on many topics. The event was taped and is definitely worth a watch. If the video doesn’t display for you, click over to watch on You Tube.

November 8, 2016
A Laboratory Of Primitive Senses
Pop Up City

Taipei is a curious dichotomy of East and West. On one hand it is dizzyingly modern, with gadgets and technology on every corner; on the other, there is a deep understanding of the importance of nature in creating a liveable environment. This is reflected in its architecture.

Cities and Elections
City Observatory

It’s election day, 2016. Here’s some of what we know about cities and voting.

November 7, 2016
S.F.’s Strategy to Get Visitors to Come Back

By segmenting the personalities of their neighborhoods, cities like San Francisco have more options to align their visitor experiences with different visitor profiles. That customization helps cities expand their destination image, build loyalty, and boost repeat visitation.

How Cities Will Lead the Energy Future

Last month, politicians, energy executives, and energy experts met in Istanbul for the 23rd World Energy Congress. The role of cities in energy creation, consumption, and activism has been rarely discussed at these meetings. This year, a new report hoped to change that.

November 3, 2016
Kotkin and Florida: Middle Class Getting Squeezed Out of Cities
Kansas City Star

Kansas City, with its improved downtown and evolving suburbs, is a logical conversation starter on urban and suburban issues. Two key thinkers on those matters, Richard Florida and Joel Kotkin, will hold a discussion at the Kansas City Area Development Council’s meeting on Friday.

November 2, 2016
Mapping The New York City No One Ever Sees
Fast Company Design

Nonstop Metropolis, Solnit’s latest book with the geographer Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, puts New York at its center, and explores the history, culture, infrastructure, and diversity of residents that make the city what it is.

The Impact of Urban Appearance
Urban Demographics

As many will know, Cesar Hidalgo and his team have a project called Place Pulse, in which they use computer techniques to analyze snapshots of Google Street View and crowdsource people’s perception city’s physical appearance. Here are my three highlight of the project so far.

November 1, 2016
How Once-Secret Los Alamos Became a Millionaire’s Enclave
The Guardian

Home to the scientists who built the nuclear bomb, the company town of Los Alamos, New Mexico is today one of the richest in the country – even as toxic waste threatens its residents and neighbouring Española struggles with poverty.

When Texas Stopped Looking and Feeling Like Mexico
Governing Magazine

U.S. cities like Brownsville, McAllen, Laredo and El Paso are demographically similar to their counterparts in Mexico, yet look like classic American Sun Belt cities. But walking across the bridges from these cities into Mexico is like entering another world.

October 31, 2016
How Cities Get Their Names
The Guardian

On World Cities Day, Deyan Sudjic explores the intriguing stories behind cities’ names – from Soweto to Milton Keynes – in an extract from his new book.

Suburbs and Cities Are Becoming More Alike
Urban Land Institute

American suburbs can be developed into more walkable, sustainable places to rival urban ones and potentially satisfy the changing needs of all generations, panelists said at the ULI Fall Meeting in Dallas.

October 30, 2016
Cities Now Matter in Trudeau’s Canada
Toronto Sun

One year into the mandate of Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government, a new way of nation building has emerged in Ottawa that has cities taking a significant role at the federal table.

October 27, 2016
Video: Planning While Black

As a civil rights lawyer who is now Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Tamika Butler has spent years working on transportation equity issues.

October 26, 2016
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October 20, 2016
The New Mythology of Rich Cities and Poor Suburbs
City Observatory

There’s a new narrative going around about place. Like so many narratives, it’s based on a perceptible grain of truth, but then has a degree of exaggeration that the evidence can’t support.

How Political Science Can Lead to Better Future Cities
Washington Post

As more than 30,000 mayors, policymakers and urban planners in Quito discuss the biggest urban issues, what can political scientists contribute to these debates? Here are four areas where political science research can help improve our understanding of urban dynamics.


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