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Latest Vision for Las Vegas: A Downtown Vibe

Latest Vision for Las Vegas: A Downtown Vibe | Urban economy | Scoop.it
Tony Hsieh, the billionaire who runs Zappos, is leading an effort to transform downtown Las Vegas in a way that has nothing to do with gambling.
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Growth Engines by Edward L. Glaeser, City Journal Special Issue 2013

Growth Engines by Edward L. Glaeser, City Journal Special Issue 2013 | Urban economy | Scoop.it
Small businesses drive prosperity, but New York's taxes and regulations are holding them back.
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The new challenges for urban planners - MIT News

The new challenges for urban planners - MIT News | Urban economy | Scoop.it
In his remarks, Donovan emphasized that at a time when the number of U.S.-based manufacturing jobs has decreased, urban planning has to address “postindustrial” development as well.
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Dan Gilbert’s Quest to Remake Downtown Detroit

Dan Gilbert’s Quest to Remake Downtown Detroit | Urban economy | Scoop.it
Against tall odds, Dan Gilbert, the Quicken Loans chairman, is putting down money to revive a two-square-mile area that was once Detroit’s core.
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12 Fresh Ideas for Transforming the Places We Live With Open Data

12 Fresh Ideas for Transforming the Places We Live With Open Data | Urban economy | Scoop.it

A few of the 886 proposals from the Knight Foundation's latest open government news challenge.


This year, the Knight News Challenge has been soliciting project proposals to open and leverage government data anywhere at the national, state and local levels (in the U.S. and abroad). As of last week, 886 projects are vying for a share of the $5 million in funding, all in response to this question: "How can we make the places we live more awesome through data and technology?"


Amid all of the submissions are innovations we've already encountered at Atlantic Cities: a favorite guerrilla wayfinding campaign from Raleigh, North Carolina; Code for America's playful StreetMix web app; the San Francisco-based Urban Prototyping Festival; and a community-driven transportation planning project based on the kind of data analytics we wrote about here. But that's barely scratching the surface of all the proposals that Knight has corralled.

Visit the article link for a list of 12 ideas from the competition that are new and worth developing (with the applicants' description of their programs). On the 29th, Knight plans to announce a set of semifinalists, who will be invited to complete more detailed proposals. The final winners (there's no predetermined number of them) will then be announced in June...


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Innovative ideas on how to utilize open data and communication technology to enhance communities, engage citizens and empower local governments in a variety of ways...

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Five Principles of Urban Economics by Mario Polèse, City Journal Winter 2013

Five Principles of Urban Economics by Mario Polèse, City Journal Winter 2013 | Urban economy | Scoop.it
Things we know and things we don't
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Nice article, taking a step back and looking at several (in this case five) variables which govern economic succes of cities. Amongst others: location, transportation, good governance and economic diversity. A great read!

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Give The Urban Poor Opportunity, Not Just Charity

Give The Urban Poor Opportunity, Not Just Charity | Urban economy | Scoop.it
Providing the poor and marginalized with employment is the best way to help them lift themselves out of poverty.
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Fallacy of the creative class: Why Richard Florida’s ‘urban renaissance’ won’t save U.S. cities

Fallacy of the creative class: Why Richard Florida’s ‘urban renaissance’ won’t save U.S. cities | Urban economy | Scoop.it
It was an urbanist’s nightmare. On Feb. 1, a teenager was shot dead in the middle of a popular art gallery walk and street fair in Oakland, Calif.
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Empty Schools In Cities: Report Shows Major Urban Areas Have Hundreds Of ... - Huffington Post

Empty Schools In Cities: Report Shows Major Urban Areas Have Hundreds Of ... - Huffington Post | Urban economy | Scoop.it
An interesting and frightening story how one of the main tasks of local government can result in financial detriment. This calls for a flexible and innovative approach, so that cities can expand and contract their availability of school buildings in response to the changing needs of the community.
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Questioning the Suburban Urban Divide - Calgary Herald (blog)

Questioning the Suburban Urban Divide - Calgary Herald (blog) | Urban economy | Scoop.it
“Suburb” seems to have become a pejorative word when used by those who call themselves “urban.” The counter dismissive is those who find their housing ideal in the...
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Opportunity is Local (or: You Can’t Buy a New Economy)

Opportunity is Local (or: You Can’t Buy a New Economy) | Urban economy | Scoop.it

Truly great places are not built from scratch to attract people from elsewhere; the best places have evolved into dynamic, multi-use destinations over time: years, decades, centuries. These places are reflective of the communities that surround them, not the other way around. Placemaking is, ultimately, more about the identification and development of local talent, not the attraction of talent from afar.

 

Places aren’t about the 21st century economy. They are about the people who inhabit and develop them. They are the physical manifestations of the social networks upon which our global economy is built. Likewise, Place-making is not about making existing places palatable to a certain class of people. It is a process by which each community can develop place capital by bringing people together to figure out what competitive edge their community might have and improve local economic prospects in-place.


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"If your strategy for improving local economic prospects is to drink some other city’s milkshake, you won’t get very far. It’s economic cannibalization. To really grow an economy, opportunity has to be developed organically within each community, and that requires that people dig in and improve their neighborhoods, together, for the sake of doing so–not convincing Google to open a new office down the road."

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Pedro Barbosa's curator insight, February 6, 2013 1:20 AM

Trend: Opportunity is Local

 

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Sustainable Urban Transportation Is at the Heart of a Greener Future

Sustainable Urban Transportation Is at the Heart of a Greener Future | Urban economy | Scoop.it
Can our cities avoid an 'explosion of cars' and create sustainable transportation systems at the heart of denser urban development?
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Urban Heat Islands Can Alter Temperatures Thousands of Miles Away From a City - Smithsonian (blog)

Urban Heat Islands Can Alter Temperatures Thousands of Miles Away From a City - Smithsonian (blog) | Urban economy | Scoop.it
The urban heat island effect—in which heat trapped by large-scale construction and paving cause a city to be several degrees warmer...
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Town centres 'missing out on retail'

Town centres 'missing out on retail' | Urban economy | Scoop.it
Research suggests the government's new planning rules are doing little to coax local authorities into locating big new retail developments in town centres.
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Although the UK government wants to put more emphasis on city centre development, old habits die hard. Is it the last fight back of old school retail development or are different policies needed?

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Newport fails to curb retail exodus as big names pack up shop

Newport fails to curb retail exodus as big names pack up shop | Urban economy | Scoop.it
Retail woes of Welsh city centre demonstrate increasing challenges facing UK high streets as they battle to survive
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America's Best Performing Cities

America's Best Performing Cities | Urban economy | Scoop.it

Ideas, talent, skills, and density remain key contributors to the growth of America's metros.


Why do some cites and metros grow faster and better than others? It's a subject of considerable debate. Some say growth is a product of innovation and productivity  and others counter that growth is powered more by resources, home-building and extractive industries. Sometimes debates like these need a referee.

That's where a new report on America's "Best-Performing Cities" released this year by the Milken Institute comes in. The Institute's "Best-Performing Cities index" is a comprehensive and objective metric of metro economic performance and represents an outcomes-based accounting of short and long-term changes in economic output, high-tech industry, jobs, and wages.


Read the complete article for details on the rankings for large metros. Four of the top five metros are noted high-tech knowledge economy centers. San Jose tops the list, high-tech hot spots Austin takes second and Raleigh third, and Washington, D.C., comes in fifth place...


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Houston Rising—Why the Next Great American Cities Aren't What ...

Houston Rising—Why the Next Great American Cities Aren't What ... | Urban economy | Scoop.it
Modern urban culture also is spreading in the Bayou City. In what has to be a first, my colleagues at Forbes recently ranked Houston as America's “coolest city,” citing not only its economy, but its thriving arts scene and ...
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Warehouse adapted for collaborative innovation

Warehouse adapted for collaborative innovation | Urban economy | Scoop.it
This 247,500-square-foot dry-dock space has been transformed into an educational facility, where several schools can mix together and exchange ideas.
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Great re-use of an old industrial building for the new function of education and innovation in the city of Rotterdam.

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The Talent Supermarket of Cities | Sustainable Cities Collective

The Talent Supermarket of Cities | Sustainable Cities Collective | Urban economy | Scoop.it
We know cities make talent more productive, better to work in an urban area than a rural one.
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A short article linking studies on the effect of the productivity of supermarket workers and the rol of cities in improving talent, innovation and productivity.

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Fixing a Secret Cause of Urban Traffic - The Atlantic Cities

Fixing a Secret Cause of Urban Traffic - The Atlantic Cities | Urban economy | Scoop.it
While Internet shopping empties out the high streets, it fills up the city streets with courier trucks. Several projects in the EU try to offer a solution for this new urban challenge. Are bike couriers or drop of boxes in supermarkets the solution?
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Holyoke reveals Center City redevelopment plan | WWLP.com

Holyoke reveals Center City redevelopment plan | WWLP.com | Urban economy | Scoop.it
The plan is entitled, "Connect, Construct. Create." Mayor Alex Morse said the state officially approved two new redevelopment programs.The city will take some properties for tax title and auction them off to business developers.
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Artisan markets are lovely – but they ain't going to save the economy | Deborah Orr

Artisan markets are lovely – but they ain't going to save the economy | Deborah Orr | Urban economy | Scoop.it
"The days when ordinary people sold their own produce and bought the produce of other ordinary people are long gone." "People need to be able to compete locally."
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10 Most Impressive Smart Cities On Earth

10 Most Impressive Smart Cities On Earth | Urban economy | Scoop.it

It wasn’t too long ago that the term ‘Smart City’ was not on very many people’s radar screens, but recently, it has been more familiar, and people are understanding the concepts behind smart cities.


A smart city uses information combined with technology to improve quality of life, reduce environmental impact, and decrease energy demand. This list of the smartest cities on the planet takes those factors into consideration, as well as the ‘smart’ plans the city might have for the future...


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All the usual suspects, but still a good read. Always inspirational to read that change is possible and already happing around the world.

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ComplexInsight's curator insight, February 12, 2013 9:26 AM

Great find from Peter Jasperse's blog and an inspirational read for those interested in building a smarter cities and environments since these cities have already started along the journey.

Jed Fisher's comment, February 16, 2013 1:54 AM
fantastic!
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Margate: A Case of Regeneration Through Local Business

Margate: A Case of Regeneration Through Local Business | Urban economy | Scoop.it
Small towns were hit hard by the recession, but many were already struggling long before that.
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Powering Change for the Urban Poor: 'Devils' and Coin-Operated Electricity for Slum Dwellers

Powering Change for the Urban Poor: 'Devils' and Coin-Operated Electricity for Slum Dwellers | Urban economy | Scoop.it
Seventy-nine percent of people living in developing countries don't have access to electricity.
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