by Melissa Bilancini, Chief Strategy & Resource Officer, CEOs for Cities //
Recently, CEOs for Cities National Meeting Director Brittany Scheckelhoff and I visited Columbus, Ohio to meet with members of our City Cluster that are planning our 2016 National Meeting. We were so excited by discussions of the city’s commitment to increasing access to education and economic opportunity for all residents, the thoughtfully prepared field trips, and the entrepreneurship that we just had to tell you about it.
Take, for example, The Roosevelt Coffeehouse.
By PlusUrbia Design //
From the beginning of urbanized America, streets functioned to provide mobility in many ways:
People walked to work, trolley, horse-drawn then powered moved workers from factories and offices to home. Trains played a role in commutes. Bicycles incited a pedal power mobility craze for a while.
Then the automobile came along.
By the 1950s, roads became the sole domain of automobiles
The automotive industry even created the term “jay walking” and launched a campaign to demonize people on foot.
Sidewalks shrunk and beautifully landscaped medians were torn out to create more lanes for automobiles.
Trolley lines were ripped out and replaced with buses. But buses were devalued and branded as last ditch transportation for the unfortunate. Only the sedan was fit for the upwardly mobile middle class American.
Crosswalks were diminished. Those brazen enough to move around on two feet were seen as merely an impediment to moving more cars faster.
by Jared Green, Author, Designed for the Future, published by Princeton Architectural Press (2015) //
In Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World, I asked 80 leading urban planners, architects, landscape architects, and artists the same question: What gives you hope that a sustainable future is possible?
Many of these planning and design leaders pointed to cities as the answer.
There are a few reasons why cities give them such hope:
by Micah Mitchell Hines, City Fellow, CEOs for Cities //
Who say’s infrastructure isn’t sexy? In Move, best-selling author Rosabeth Moss Kanter* contends that transportation and infrastructure are some of the most critical issues facing Americans. Our infrastructure is shabby and deteriorating. Frankly, it’s an embarrassment.
The average American family spends up to 20% of their income on transportation – and they’re not getting anywhere. Americans spend about a week (38 hours) per year stuck in traffic. But they don’t have to be.
Kanter provides an in-depth analysis of the nation’s transportation systems and infrastructure. She examines the history of transportation, discusses international models and shares examples of innovative work that is taking place in cities across U.S.
by Doug Carpenter, Enthusiast, Explore Bike Share //
Memphis is a truly unique place. The city has come into itself with the currents of the Mississippi River, washing up a spirit that birthed the home of Blues, Soul and Rock n Roll, combined with a rich cultural history that proved what can happen when citizens are truly connected to one another.
The challenges that Memphis faces are not unlike those in other cities, but the DNA of our city distinctly shapes the way we address them. We’ve brought forth some of the most innovative solutions to common problems. Memphis has a way to look at things from a perspective that is all our own. The modern grocery store, the family travel hotel, and accessible overnight shipping are all byproducts of Memphis’ creative thinking.