planning

Can Smart Cities Empower Their Citizens?

Can Smart Cities Empower Their Citizens?

Over the past few years, the idea of smart cities has come into vogue.  Usually this refers to city governments using information technology (i.e., some form of digital surveillance) to manage infrastructure more efficiently.   Planetizen recently highlighted a post by Mike Clay of Wodehouse that puts a slightly different spin on the technology: . . […]

Read More →

Read More →

Changes in On-Line Retail May be Good News for Downtowns

Changes in On-Line Retail May be Good News for Downtowns

Kevin Drum has this take on how the changing world of e-commerce may be good news for your local downtown: The Wall Street Journal reports that foot traffic in retail outlets plummeted this holiday season: A long-term change in shopper habits has reduced store traffic—perhaps permanently—and shifted pricing power away from malls and big-box retailers. […]

Read More →

Read More →

Some of What We’ve Been Up to Lately

Some of What We’ve Been Up to Lately

In this video, Peter Fairweather is interviewed about the economic development strategy Fairweather Consulting created for Simsbury, CT.   You can visit the project website here.

Read More →

Read More →

McKinsey Researches How to Make Great Cities

McKinsey Researches How to Make Great Cities

As you can see in this video, the business consultancy McKinsey has been investigating what makes great cities great.  The ultimate business consultants aren’t turning into land-use planners, but have come to believe that cities are and will be major drivers of economic competitiveness for the societies in which they are located: What makes a […]

Read More →

Read More →

Planetizen’s Best Planning & Development Websites for 2013

Planetizen’s Best Planning & Development Websites for 2013

Planetizen just announced its best websites devoted to planning and development for 2013.  The list highlights some amazing resources that can be found online including: Abandoned America:  Matthew Christophe has made it his mission to document the “mesmerizing beauty and lost history” embodied in abandoned buildings throughout the United States. BlightStatus: . . . .a […]

Read More →

Read More →

Innovation and the City:  Setting a New Urban Agenda

Innovation and the City: Setting a New Urban Agenda

The Center for an Urban Future has release a new report recommending innovative initiatives for New York City, and by implication, every major American city: This report, “Innovation and the City,” presents 15 of the most promising reforms—from San Francisco’s bold plan to establish a $50 college savings account for every kindergartener in public school, […]

Read More →

Read More →

Top