Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Silicon Valley vs. Silicon Alley, Economic Security, Guadalajara

I have a few miscellaneous items for you today. First I’ll highlight this brief piece from Chicago reporter Tracy Swartz, who rode all 139 Chicago bus routes end to end.

Next, an interactive infographic on Silicon Valley (California) vs. Silicon Alley (New York). I clipped it slightly to fit my blog template, so to get a full sized version, or if it doesn’t display for you, click on over to the University of North Carolina site where it came from.

Economic Security Report Card

The Urban Institute also put out an interactive map that let’s you explore economic security in US metros. They’ve got various factors that go into this, and while you can’t add your own, you can adjust the weightings on theirs to create your own overall score. This one won’t fit on my page, so you’ll have to click on over to check it out. Here’s a static screen shot for you, however.

Via RecreActiva – Guadalajara’s Ciclovia

Streetfilms did a nice short piece on the the Ciclovia program in Guadalajara, Mexico’s second city. (If the video doesn’t display, click here).

Topics: Technology, Transportation
Cities: Guadalajara, New York, San Francisco

3 Responses to “Silicon Valley vs. Silicon Alley, Economic Security, Guadalajara”

  1. Rod Stevens says:


    I think there is vast and unexplored territory, in comparing East versus West for tech, on the character of a place. Richard Florida writes about this in “Who’s Your City”, and there is a fundamental question of how people fit into a place. In Silicon Valley, a highly technical person is highly respected, and knows it. In New York City, a highly technical person is competing for the prestige given highly-paid investment bankers, and with that given artsy types. Think about the club scene in New York on a Friday night: who’s going to be let in the door? On the other hand, Saturday morning rolls around, and the tech types are out on the road, working out, with their state-of-the-art bicycles.

    Obviously an over-simplification, but one of the key questions here is “where can you best realize yourself?”, and Silicon Valley has proven to be a very good place for this when it comes to technical interests and professions.

  2. Rod, keep in mind that this cuts both ways. Many tech entrepreneurs in NYC aren’t interested in being all tech, all the time. Their motivation also stems from interests in media, fashion, music, etc. The Valley may be of more appeal to people who are one dimensionally tech, but that’s not necessarily always an asset.

  3. dominc says:

    I liked that line. What were 400,000 people doing before the Ciclovia event was created? These global Sunday events are a foot in the door to greater bike use as transportation. Now picture small towns in America staging a Ciclovia every Sunday from Spring through Fall. It takes very little government involvement to make this happen just the will and get and out and go of residents.

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