We are in the midst of a historic (and wholly unpredicted) rise in urbanization. But it’s hard to retrofit old cities for the 21st century. Enter Dan Doctoroff. The man who helped modernize New York City — and tried to bring the Olympics there — is now C.E.O. of a Google-funded startup that is building, from scratch, the city of the future.
Urbanism isn’t just the study of urban geography as it is, but it also looks to use ideas of design, architectural, transportation, and sustainability to create better cities. This Freakonomics podcast looks at ways that New York City has changed, with ideas of how to start a new city being experimented with in Toronto. This 99PI podcast looks at European urbanist ideas that shaped many cities that were damaged during WWII (part II). Successful cities bring in more residents which bring higher housing costs–so can a city be too successful for it’s own good? San Francisco grapples with changing economic issues as it is too expensive to hire workers to fill low-skill jobs.