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Peak Urbanization

April 20, 2014 by Jim Russell

In my last post, I wrote that the future looked brighter in Barcelona than in Buffalo. Today, I’m here to sing Buffalo’s praises and revisit the prospects for the end of geography. And by “the end of geography” I mean the end of urban hierarchy. We’ve reached peak city[read more]

Seattle Is Dying

April 18, 2014 by Jim Russell

Boeing long has been the economic anchor for the Puget Sound area in Washington State. Seattle’s employment base is much more diverse these days. But Boeing’s demand for STEM talent remains a centerpiece of workforce development.[read more]

The City Is Dying

April 16, 2014 by Jim Russell

On one hand, the big loser from urbanization are country towns and villages (even small cities). In the developing world, that trend is going full bore. In developed countries such as the United States, rural communities have found a sustainable ground floor. That is, until now.[read more]

Marin is Growing, and Not Slowly

April 14, 2014 by David Edmondson

Marin County’s population grew by 1 percent from 2012 to 2013, slightly faster than the state and much faster than the country at large. The new numbers challenge the concept of Marin as a naturally slow-growth county. In total, Marin added about 2,500 people in 2013.[read more]

A Citizen-Driven Urban Sustainability Prize for Colombia

April 11, 2014 by Florian Lorenz

Premio Sostenabilidad Urbana 2014

What if civil society organisations awarded city administrations for their efforts to creating a sustainable urban future? The goal of the Urban Sustainability Prize is to generate incentives for hundreds of municipalities across Colombia to collect indicators on sustainability and to share them with other city administrations.[read more]

Bright Flight From Silicon Valley

April 9, 2014 by Jim Russell

The Innovation Economy is currently moving to where the cost of living is much more reasonable. The anecdotes and data points are piling up, putting the squeeze on talent-starved Silicon Valley companies. In this post is the tale of the domestic migration tape.[read more]

Dakar: Who Wouldn't Love a City with All This Graffiti and Wall Art?

April 7, 2014 by Victoria Okoye

Dakar Public Art and Grafitti

Bonjour de Dakar! Here, graffiti is everywhere; it’s as if every wall in the city is an opportunity for some kind of artistic, political, and/or social statement. The more you look, the more you can actually learn about the city, its people, and their sentiments.[read more]

The Nature of a City Economy: Towards an Ecology of Entrepreneurship

April 4, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Urban Economies

In a healthy functioning city, various forms of urban capital, including natural, social, cultural — and economic — are enabled to flow smoothly and flexibly, along paths that are productive and enriching to the system of which they are a part.[read more]

Silicon Rust

April 4, 2014 by Jim Russell

We have “Silicon Beach” and “Silicon Roundabout.” Yesterday morning, I read about “Silicon Shore,” located in Newcastle, U.K. The generic name for Silicon Whatever is Silicon Rust. As manufacturing became untethered from regional natural resources, industrial cities such as Pittsburgh began rusting.[read more]

São Paulo's Changing Perception Towards the Car

Changing Car Culture

Earlier this month, the government of São Paulo, Brazil, and METRÔ-SP published the results of the 2012 Mobility Survey. The data is heartening in many ways, for in a city where cars were once seen as symbols of wealth and social status, this conception of the car is weakening.[read more]

GreaterPlaces: The Emerging Wikipedia for Urban Planners

Urban Planning Wikipedia

GreaterPlaces is a company developing an app that lets urban planners type in any issue involving cities or urban issues and by doing so gain quick access to ideas and many innovative solutions from other urban planners from around the globe.[read more]

Happy H-1B Visa Day

April 3, 2014 by Jim Russell

April Fool’s Day for many, the first day of the month is also opening day for tech firms hoping to snag foreign-born talent. The H-1B visa allows these U.S. companies to hire non-citizens. The total number of visas is capped and the program is usually exhausted in a matter of weeks.[read more]