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The Experimental City - Home
"The Experimental City is a documentary about the Minnesota Experimental City project, a futuristic attempt to solve urban problems by creating a full-size city from scratch in the isolated woods of northern Minnesota."
film  urban  city  state(Minnesota)  1960s  utopia 
11 weeks ago by tsuomela
The 10 Percent Solution to Urban Growth |
The way to do this is to adopt the “10 percent solution”. That is, for most cities, they should develop a strategy that tries to capture somewhere between 5 and 15 percent of the net new growth in their metro areas. If a city can get more, great. But for any growing region, even 10 percent would create a dynamic of massive change in the urban core.
urbanism  urban  city  design  demography  suburbia 
march 2010 by tsuomela
A Small-town or Metro Nation? - Brookings Institution
But the idea that we are a nation of small towns is fundamentally incorrect. The real America isn't found in cities or suburbs or small towns, but in the metropolitan areas or "metros" that bring all these places into economic and social union
geography  america  metropolitan-area  city  urbanism  suburbia  economics 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Globalization Leads to Civic Leadership Culture Dominated by Real Estate Interests |
Why is it that "real estate interests" dominate in a local economy like Cleveland? Because, to a great extent, they are among the only ones left. Consider the local industries that were not as subject to roll-ups. Principal among these are real estate development, construction, and law. This means the local leadership of a community is now made up of executives in those industries, and they bring a very different world view versus the previous generation.
urban  economics  outsourcing  civic  culture  city 
august 2009 by tsuomela
SILOs --more action needed? ~ Angry Bear
Tax advantaged "sale-leasebacks" with strapped-for-cash municipalities (SILOs, in the ever-present tax acronym set) came back to light when the Washington Metro train crashed a week ago. The cars were ones that were involved in the metro authority's SILO deals with various banks, and the authority didn't have any spare cash left to fund replacements
economics  city  taxes  banking  law  crisis  stupidity 
july 2009 by tsuomela
How the city hurts your brain -
The reason such seemingly trivial mental tasks leave us depleted is that they exploit one of the crucial weak spots of the brain. A city is so overstuffed with stimuli that we need to constantly redirect our attention so that we aren't distracted by irrelevant things, like a flashing neon sign or the cellphone conversation of a nearby passenger on the bus. This sort of controlled perception -- we are telling the mind what to pay attention to -- takes energy and effort. The mind is like a powerful supercomputer, but the act of paying attention consumes much of its processing power.
brain  psychology  nature  memory  attention  neuroscience  neurology  urban  city  natural  perception 
january 2009 by tsuomela

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