THE CONNECTED CITY
As Edward Glaeser notes in Triumph of the City “…our ability to connect with each other is the defining characteristic of our species.” We know that cities thrive as places where people can live, work, play and connect. Jane Jacobs, in The Death and Life of Great American Cities, likened the art form of a city to “an intricate ballet in which the individual dancers and ensembles all have distinctive parts which miraculously reinforce each other and compose an orderly whole.”
It is through these connections that regions prosper. Internal connections among residents and firms, and external connections with the global economy are essential for a city’s prosperity and vitality. There are numerous ways cities connect, from physical connections (roads, airports, railroad), to virtual connections, to interpersonal connections. We measure the Connected City by examining voter participation, community involvement, economic integration, transit use, walkability, foreign students, foreign travel, and internet connectivity.