Developing a Holistic View of the City

August 16, 2017

Public-sector organizations have shown they can be nimble in a crisis. Focusing on agility could help them keep pace with changing needs during challenges-and beyond. As the manufacturing economy of the industrial age is transformed into the digital economy of the information age, our public-... read more

July 11, 2017

Sam Pitroda, 75, is best known as the technology whiz who transformed India's telecommunications industry to make connectivity widespread and affordable some three decades ago. Armed with a veritable carte blanche from Rajiv Gandhi, India's prime minister in the mid- to late 1980s, he went on to... read more

July 05, 2017

Last month, a few hundred people were slated to meet in Winnipeg, Canada, for the 2017 Community Indicators Symposium to discuss how best to ground community indicators - development measurements that track well-being at the local level - in residents' aspirations. Community indicators are... read more

May 11, 2017

The city of the future may start to take shape in Toronto.

According to an article in Bloomberg, Sidewalk Labs LLC, the urban innovation unit of Alphabet Inc., recently made a bid to develop a 12-acre stretch of the Canadian city’s downtown. While the article doesn’t get into specifics,... read more

April 26, 2017

Louis Hyman's recent piece in The New York Times Sunday Review, "The Myth of Main Street," presents a bleak choice for rural and rust-belt America: persist in hopeless efforts to rebuild your downtown or graciously accept a future of telecommuting for a distant corporation. The former... read more

April 21, 2017

The internet and rise of e-commerce, where apps can facilitate anything from rides to laundry or meal delivery, has transformed consumer expectations to an on-demand economy. Now the digital infrastructure is in place to support this economy, the physical infrastructure must catch up.

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January 27, 2017 | Joaquín Rodríguez Álvarez, Leading Cities Coordinator Barcelona; Michael Lake, President & CEO, Leading Cities

The phrase “Smart City," as well as the concept behind the phrase, has become a trend over the last few years. This trend has pushed companies and institutions to become something that, in many cases, they do not fully understand.

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January 13, 2017

Not the mental health of the people living in smart cities, but that of the cities themselves. Why not?

January 13, 2017

Earlier this month, Illinois enacted a first-of-its-kind law that forces all beauty professionals -- including barbers, hairstylists and nail technicians -- to take domestic violence training. As of Jan. 1, beauty professionals must participate in an hour of instruction on how to recognize and... read more

January 10, 2016

I've gotten a lot of Twitter feedback on the list of the 100 zip codes with the thickest bubbles posted last week. Before turning to the unbubbliest zip codes in the next post, let me respond to the most common objections using three actual tweets as takeoff points.

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