Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities recognizes the importance of physical activity for people of all ages and abilities. It calls on Americans to be more physically active through walking and calls on the nation to better support walking and walkability. Improving walkability means that communities are created or enhanced to make it safe and easy to walk and that pedestrian activity is encouraged for all people.6 The purpose of the Call to Action is to increase walking across the United States by calling for improved access to safe and convenient places to walk and wheelchair roll and by creating a culture that supports these activities for people of all ages and abilities.
oneC1TY is a multi-building, mindful living community that caters to the healthcare, life sciences and technology sectors of the global economy – all of which are growing dramatically. oneC1TY creates a space for those industries to connect with higher education, research and development, and other related disciplines in a collaborative, interactive campus near the center of Nashville’s urban core.
A start would be to remind tech companies of one of their core principles: user-centered design. Understanding city life means living city life. Not just commuting to it or from it and certainly not believing you understand a person\’s situation just because you pass him or her on the street from time to time. The best products are those that begin with a user\’s motivation and needs. They are empathetic applications. To crack the nut of urban-scale opportunity — and there is a lot of it, just look at the \”sharing economy\” successes of Uber, Airbnb, and Zipcar — technology must be built amidst the same forces that create the problems it is trying to solve.
In my previous life (not really), my research interests focused on examining effects of brown fields on proximate neighborhood including price effects. In New York City, this would be far too chaotic as you can see here on this PropertyShark.com interactive graphic.
But how is upstate New York faring? Apparently not too bad – Cleaning Up Toxic Brownfields – Upscale NY Gets VIP Treatment (publicnewsservice.org).
A city’s backtalk is one element of open-source urbanism: myriad interventions and little changes from the ground up contribute to making a city. Multiple, small, inconspicuous interventions together are evidence of a city’s constant evolution. Incompleteness gives cities their long lives and lets them outlast other more powerful entities.