It is in many ways an urban planner's utopia: a city craving retribution and redefinition, and one armed with thousands of hungry, skilled workers, available space and as many natural resources as any city in the country.
Silicon Valley grew out the convergence of several successes over several decades. Time and chance will tell which efforts will boom and which will bust.
It's a tried-and-true solution for efficiency in the federal government, and something former President Clinton has long called the closest thing we have to a "free lunch."
I admit to having mixed feelings about Earth Day for the obvious reason that "saving the planet" is a 365-day, 24/7 job. But if we can get people to focus on the central idea it represents even for a few minutes, it's worth it, right?
It's a situation most of us can identify with--our furnace or water heater breaks or our home air conditioning system fails. While it makes sense to replace these outdated appliances for more energy-efficient ones, the immediate need to fix the problem usually wins out. Most of us haven't saved enough to do an appliance overhaul. So we fix the issue, continue with the status quo, and - as an unintended result - we keep wasting power.
From some angles, it looks like the housing recovery has brought an urban resurgence: for instance, the most urban counties are growing faster now tha...
The reality is that well-designed cities can generate jobs, innovation, and economic growth for all. But when designed poorly -- with too much sprawl, waste, and inefficiency -- they can divide cities and exacerbate pollution, inequality, and political instability.
A recent collaboration suggests that we should explicitly recognize historic patterns of pedestrian city settings in contemporary urban design and pol...
It's not an established place for tech entrepreneurship. But with with all of the right elements in place, and a local business environment and government that generously support their neighbors here in Charm City, it is increasingly becoming one.
In 2011, amid a visit to San Francisco and just back from Africa, I offered some thoughts about why we write about cities. Three years later, I'm not sure much has changed.