Before covering the impact of real estate bubbles on gentrification, I want to expand on the relationship between global jobs and pushing out tenured neighborhood residents, as I’m currently reading 'Hub Cities in the Knowledge Economy: Seaports, Airports, Brainports.'
Inspired by Don’s active involvement as a tutor in the successful Zurich Summer School ‘From Suburb To City’, we – Don Murphy and Zef Hemel – have the ambition to initiate an equally interesting event about city planning and city making, in and about Amsterdam. By organizing an event with an international audience, we wish to promote the Dutch position in the field of architecture, planning and innovative city making in a global scene. The Netherlands has always had a strong tradition in these fields, which is widely acknowledged internationally. Besides, we wish to initiate a dialogue about the current state of planning and future planning tasks in the city of Amsterdam. With an extensive public program that will be organized in relation to the Summer School studios, we wish to not only invite the Summer School participants, but also a wide local audience to engage in the thinking about the future of the city.
Conference Board economist Ken Goldstein says that investing in transportation and similar areas is important.
Peter Jasperse's insight:
"There's this thought that the Internet will wipe out bricks-and-mortar retailers, and it's not true, especially here. One store that has responded well is Macy's. They spent a lot making their 34th Street store into a place where shoppers want to spend their time and money. The losers, like J.C. Penney, can't make it in Pittsburgh—never mind New York."
Cities are experiencing rapid growth across the Global South. With this growth however, also comes economic disparity and environmental degradation. Can microfinance offer a solution to these growing concerns?
With mass urbanisation has also come significant concern with regard to economis disparity and environmental sustainability.
From one perspective, rural to urban migration is thought to be helping to alleviate poverty by pushing more people into the middle class. Additionally, increased urban population density is seen to be ‘green’ because it lowers dependency on private vehicle use and increases resource efficiency. From another perspective however, mass urbanisation also causes a variety of problems across a range of geographic scales: socio-economic inequality, slums, sprawl, deforestation, air pollution, excessive waste and poor water management, to name a few. There is no ‘silver bullet’ for these problems...
New York Times (blog) Information about our innocuous public acts is denser in urban areas, and can now be cheaply aggregated.
Peter Jasperse's insight:
An interesting blog on how big data can change anonymity in cities and therefore urban culture of freedom. Surveillance, camera's, geo location information quickly becomes personal and can therefore track your choices.
Cities around the world are growing faster than you can say megalopolis. More than half the world lives in cities, and by 2050, it will be two-thirds. In China alone, 300 million people will move to the city within the next 15 years, and to serve them, China must build the equivalent of the entire [...]
Foes of Urban Blight Take Aim at Landlords Wall Street Journal The lawsuit illustrates tensions that can arise between urban landowners and citizen watchdogs as cities across the U.S., including many that were once industrial centers but have shed...
Inequality at all-time high in urban parts of ten states Business Standard Data obtained by Business Standard through an appication under the the Right to Information (RTI) Act showed that the urban inequality was at its peak at the all-India level...