Director, @MartinProsperiT University of Toronto, Global Research Professor NYU, Co-founder & Editor at Large @CityLab, Founder, Creative Class Group

Defining the Urban Entrepreneur — How the internet ushered in a new era for entrepreneurs in the urban ecosystem. For years we've heard that geography doesn't matter, we've conquered distance and the world is flat. Modern communication and transportation technology means it doesn't really matter where we live or work.

Hip, Cool & Unaffordable - The double-edged sword of big city living. — JUST WHEN people are applauding the comeback of our cities and urban areas, a new set of challenges has set in. People are flocking to large cities like New York, San Francisco, London, Toronto and Vancouver for the jobs, economic opportunities, density and vibrant lifestyles they offer.

Habitat III and the Challenge of Global Urban Development — Before Habitat III kicked off this week, the UN released a report on the advantages and drawbacks of rapid urbanization. At the Habitat III conference this week, urbanists, mayors, and national leaders from around the world are attempting to agree on a new agenda to address the challenges of global urbanization and city-building.

Where Ridesharing and Roomsharing Have Grown In Cities — An estimate of where businesses with no employees-like Uber drivers or AirBnB hosts-have grown. The rise of the internet and digital technology has disrupted industry after industry, from the way we shop, bank, and consume media to the way we make restaurant reservations, hail rides, and find places to stay when we travel.

Mapping Density and Class in 19th Century Manhattan — A new study maps the borough's rapid development and changing land-use patterns. New York is America's largest and most dynamic city. But how did it transform during the 19th century from a small mercantile city to an industrial powerhouse?

What Globalization and Urbanization Mean for Cities — The seven types of global cities driving the world economy. Globalization and urbanization go hand in hand. The world, I've long argued, is spiky. The 40 largest mega-regions produce two-thirds of global economic output and 90 percent of global innovation, while housing just 18 percent of the world's population.

Urbanites and Suburbanites Socialize the Same Amount — When demographic factors are taken into account, city-dwellers appear to spend about as much time socializing as their suburban counterparts. Of all the major social divides in U.S., perhaps none is more visible than the one between urbanites and suburbanites.

The Downsides of the Back-to-the-City Movement — A tale of winners and losers. The back-to-the city movement is a cause for celebration for some who see it as reviving previously fading cities and ushering in an era of denser, more innovative and sustainable urban growth.

A Theory of 'Well-Tempered' Cities — Jonathan F. P. Rose's new book proposes a way to adapt to the challenges human-built cities face: through harmony with nature. There's an aphorism often attributed to the jazz bassist and band leader Charles Mingus: "Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that's easy.

What Cities Really Need to Attract Entrepreneurs, According to Entrepreneurs — Hint: It's not favorable tax rates. Creating high-growth, high-impact entrepreneurial enterprises has become a common goal of cities. Metros and states have cut taxes, implemented entrepreneur-friendly business policies, launched their own venture capital efforts, and underwritten incubators and accelerators - all in the hope of creating the next Apples, Facebooks, Googles, and Twitters.
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