A world-famous urbanist says New York is becoming a “gated suburb”

A world-famous urbanist says New York is becoming a “gated suburb”

“This ‘back to the city’ movement of the creative class has a dark side,” [Richard] Florida said. “Within those urban superstars, we also have a winner-take-all system. So, we have neighborhoods that are priced through the roof and other neighborhoods and other communities that are falling behind.”

Florida argues that strong city leaders would need to fight inequality and encourage diversity to help nurture cities.

By Max de Haldevang (via Quartz)

Springfield, Ohio: A Shrinking City Faces A Tough Economic Future

Springfield, Ohio: A Shrinking City Faces A Tough Economic Future

As it transitions away from manufacturing, the city relies more on service jobs, like in call centers or nursing homes. But they don’t pay well. So local officials are looking for something — anything — that gives the city an identity, a way to distinguish itself.

One of them, quite modestly, is geography. Some trucking distribution companies have come to Springfield because it’s convenient to two big interstates. And incomes did tick up last year. But that doesn’t get Springfield closer to the knowledge economy of tech or finance or design.

Via Uri Berliner/NPR.

A Piece Of The Past, A Price In The Present: Paying For The Erie Canal

A Piece Of The Past, A Price In The Present: Paying For The Erie Canal

Business is growing for the New York State Marine Highway Transportation Company, according to co-founder Rob Goldman. His crew has found steady work towing barges of stone and sometimes oversized cargo like fighter planes along an expanded Erie Canal, also known as the New York State Barge Canal, that was completed in 1918.

“Let’s face it: a barge can’t deliver to your front door. A truck can,” Goldman admits. “But if we work with the trucks and we work with the rail, we can each be as efficient as possible and use as little fuel as possible because we’re efficient.”

New York’s entire canal system, including the Erie Canal, had revenues of $1.5 million in 2014 against $55 million to operate and maintain itself.

From Hansi Lo Wang/NPR.

With Citizens’ Help, Cities Can Build A Better Bike Lane — And More

With Citizens’ Help, Cities Can Build A Better Bike Lane — And More

As Burlington and other cities adopt the scrappy tactics of their citizens, they’ll need to show that they can make good on tactical urbanism’s original principles — to move faster, try new things, and not be afraid to fail.

Tactical urbanism. So it has a name.

From Laurel Wamsley/NPR.