Over half of the world's population lives in urban areas, and, according to the United Nations, another 2.5 billion may join them by 2050.
We owe our great team and a lot of creative inputs to the vitality and appeal of New York City, and so we feel a certain responsibility to cheer on those who are making cities better.
Read on for a few big ideas for big cities...
Big Apple Dreaming
Drain the East River? Build streets in the air? Scoff if you will, but first take a moment to appreciate the ingenuity that underpins nine architects’ wild ideas to improve New York City. Your head may explode with dollar signs…but who knows? Maybe one of these projects has the first seeds of an idea that changes the lives of millions of people—or creates the city of the future.
One Man's Trash...
2018 is the year for…billboards? It's not just the Oscar-nominated film. An Atlanta-based ad agency called 22squared has come up with an innovative way of raising money to help the victims of Hurricane Irma. They’re writing hopeful messages on remnants of billboards still standing in communities affected by the storm. We could all probably do with some more creative, humanitarian, and metaphorically resonant advertising in our lives.
Bring On The Black-eyed Susans
What would you do if you lived in a city where vacant lots outnumbered houses? According to Chris Swan—a University of Maryland ecology professor—you plant flowers. Swan's wildflower experiment aims to help cities restore biodiversity and reduce pollution from run-off by converting vacant lots into green patches full of native flowers. After three years of experimenting, black-eyed Susans, purple coneflowers, and clumps of orange butterfly weed are scattered through Swan's plots in Baltimore.
Let's Clear Up That Congestion
If you live or work in Manhattan you've probably experienced bumper to bumper traffic, especially around peak hours. Could congestion pricing be the solution to the city's traffic problems? A successful plan would speed up travel times, reduce pollution, and provide funds for public transport. The proposed plan for New York City would charge cars $11.52 to enter Manhattan below 60th street during peak hours on weekdays. Taxis, Uber, and Lyft would be charged $2-$5. And a 10% discount would be given to electric car owners traveling from Jersey to New York. How do you feel about this policy to pay?
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