Roosevelt Island Tram – CC image from The Eyes of New York
A couple of items that came across the internet about technology, innovation, the economy, and urban form:
Tech & the City
Nancy Scola pens a long piece in Next American City about the future of the technology industry in the city. The piece looks at
Continue reading Shaping Silicon Valley
Greenwich Village – CC image from lumierefl
A few more thoughts on recent discussions of density. Better Cities and Towns offers a summary of Richard Florida’s recent speech (video is corrupted, unfortunately – it gets very choppy 1/3 the way through) at CNU. The twitter summary: quality of place trumps density.
Like previous discussions on the topic,
Continue reading What do we mean by ‘density’?
'Truth' – CC image from Kellan
A few items on affordability and development:
Short term vs. long term: Matt Yglesias asks why we’re not building more multi-unit buildings in the face of tremendous demand, and the answer is (broadly speaking) financing:
Karl Smith, citing me, blames anti-density land use rules. Naturally I would like everyone to buy my book and
Continue reading Constraints to affordability
Law Library. CC image from Janet Lindenmuth
Via the always interesting Land Use Law Professors blog, I came across this summary from interfluidity (written by Steve Waldman) of the main points of Avent, Glaeser, and Yglesias. Dubbed the econourbanists, Waldman summarizes their arguments:
In a nutshell, the econourbanists’ case is pretty simple: Cities are really important,
Continue reading What would land use regulatory reform look like?