Cities

Is Detroit the Next Berlin?

After the fall of the Wall in 1989, Berlin had very cheap housing and industrial space, some in spectacularly grand old buildings. Years of division—with repressive communist rule on one side of town and isolation and economic stagnation on the other—had left the city depressed and underpopulated. Reunification initially only made things worse, as uncompetitive Eastern-side state-owned factories closed en masse.   More

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Fast Company Names Detroit an Underrated Hotbed of Innovation

Here’s another reason to be excited for Techonomy’s Detroit conference next Wednesday, Sept. 12. Fast Company has included Detroit in its list of “10 Underrated Hotbeds of American Innovation,” highlighting the “gonzo spirit” of Detroit Labs, a startup that builds mobile applications for big clients like Chevrolet. Fast Company already wrote about Detroit Labs in August, pinpointing its success on a policy that allows employees to “futz around,” devoting one day a week to personal projects.   More

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Will Tech Save the First Western Post-Industrial City?

"If Detroit is on the brink of a revival, it’s technology that is proving to be the leading driver of job creation and economic growth," writes Detroit-based marketing exec Alex Southern for GrowDetroit. Southern's "if" acknowledges the pessimism some or his readers expressed last year in a survey about their hometown's prospects for recovery.   More

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Space Counts: Why Physical Flows Matter in an Increasingly Virtual World

The world is changing faster than ever and sometimes it feels as though the only way to keep pace is to remain glued to our computer screens. Twitter and Facebook have become our go-to source for breaking news, more often than not beating traditional media to the story. Teleconferencing and social software have enabled a truly 24-hour workday, helping us collaborate with team members around the world without ever leaving the home office. And as our virtual lives have shrunk to fit neatly into our pockets, we remain online regardless of where we go.   More