HR Examiner just ranked fellow blogger Jim Russell #11 in their top 25 online influencers in talent management survey. I’m a huge fan of Jim whose thinking on this topic is a must-read over at Burgh Diaspora. Congratulations, Jim!
1. Jonathan Glancey: ‘World Class’ just means banal – “What’s wrong with a city being ‘world class’? A great deal is wrong. Why? Because it’s yet another manifestation of ways in which cities are beginning to resemble one another all too closely…The joy of great cities lies in their differences. What’s special about Stockholm is different from what makes London or Vienna attractive. The ‘world class city’, and its gormless sibling, the ‘world class place’, is a political slogan, conjured by globally minded, air-travel addicted wonks, that has been adopted, sadly and dimly, by politicians, quangos and planners around the world.”
2. Tim Bryant @ St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Cities of the past, present, and future discussed in Cambridge. An interesting report from an urbanism conference.
4. Detroit News: Failed $2B Bloomfield Park Project a Monument to Downturn – An incredible story of a huge suburban development halted and likely to end up being simply demolished down the road.
5. Yonah Freemark: Are pedestrian malls the future or the relic of antiquated thinking?
Shanghai World Expo Pavilions
Totonko has a great photo series of pavilions at the Shanghai World Expo. Here’s a sample photo of the UK pavilion:
How to Save Silicon Valley
NBC Bay Area is starting a series called “How to Save Silicon Valley” that includes some debate about whether the Valley is in trouble, or whether it is simply in one of its period downturns that will lead to renewed period of growth down the road. This 2:30 video presents a bit of both sides. (If the video doesn’t display, click here).
Business First of Buffalo published a table of commute times by metro. Buffalo was #2 and Rochester #1. Here’s a look at how my Midwest metros fared:
- #5 – Milwaukee (22.16 minutes)
- #7 – Kansas City (22.83)
- #8 – Columbus (22.88)
- #9 – Louisville (22.92)
- #12 – Cincinnati (23.75)
- #13 – Cleveland (23.82)
- #15 – Indianapolis (23.93)
- #16 – Minneapolis (24.13)
- #24 – St. Louis (25.00)
- #26 – Pittsburgh (25.18)
- #35 – Detroit (26.06)
- #50 – Chicago (31.08)
Where to Buy, Where to Rent
Richard Florida has a blog post on the rent vs. buy decision in various markets. Here’s a graphic:
World and National Roundup
The Director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs, Adolfo Carrión, has moved over to HUD. No word on a successor.
CEOs for Cities posted some key insights from their strategy session in New York.
Ed Glaeser: A Tale of Many Cities – An interesting look at Zipf’s Law of city sizes.
Miller-McCune: How urban planning can improve public health
BeyondDC: Who gets the power? – A look at the state-city tug of war
Mnpls Star Tribune: Will government pensions be next to go bust?
Re-Imagine Rural: Do you have mommy bloggers in your marketing plan?
Global Midwest: The Density Debate
LA Times: Tokyo’s Goal: Be the Greenest
WSJ: The new San Francisco suburbs, a plane ride away – A story about how folks from the Bay Area are moving to Portland and Seattle for lower costs and lifestyle, and semi-commuting back.
AJC: Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed seeks massive rollback of city pensions
Get to know your CTA chairman (Red Eye) – Unbelievably, the chairman of the CTA board says he hasn’t ridden the system “in a couple of years”
Metra leaves search engine at the station (Tribune) – Metra claims they can’t install wi-fi on trains because it is too hard, despite the fact that Megabus and airlines have done it easily.
Fewer blacks in city could affect politics (NYT)
City needs $600M more per year for pensions (Greg Hinz @ Crain’s) – And that’s for the next 50 years.
Designers’ Mantra – Learn in Chicago, Then Leave (NYT)
No Mistaking It – I Love Cleveland (Dan Shaughnessy @ Boston Globe)
Merger of Continental and United Alarms Business Leaders (Plain Dealer)
A city with potential or seizing the day (Time)
bing backs off talk about downsizing Detroit (Free Press)
Fixing Detroit: A Laboratory for Saving America’s Cities (Time)
Southland (Detroit Blog)
Retiring director put KC’s art museum on the map (KC Star)
Report suggests tourism expansion ideas for Louisville (C-J)
Loss of Midwest brand takes chunk out of city’s identify (JS)
Revitalizing the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial: A Vision for Transformative Change (St. Louis Energized)
The History and Possibilities of a St. Louis City-County Reunification (UrbanStl)
When the city of Columbus passed Cleveland to become the largest municipality in Ohio some years back, Cleveland didn’t take kindly. Here’s a promo for a TV news series on it that I found linked from the Columbus Dispatch. (If the video doesn’t display, click here).