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C1ty By NuMb3r5: A formula for growing better cities

C1ty By NuMb3r5: A formula for growing better cities

Photo: Steve Jurvetson This story is excerpted form a longer piece in Urbanite . Imagine if someone concocted a method for turning cities inside out, so we could view their inner workings -- their strengths and shortcomings, how they grow and thrive and die -- at an almost cellular level. By analyzing a vast sweep of data, everything from how much money the city's residents make to the numbers of miles in its sewer lines, this system could tell us just how successful a city has been, where it falls flat, and how it stacks up to other cities of its size. Would we, armed with this killer urban-wonk app, be able to pull off a feat that has eluded generations of urban planners, politicians, and sundry city boosters: turn a troubled municipality back from the brink? Geoffrey West, a theoretical physicist who has taken to studying, in exquisitely rich detail, how metro areas wor...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/cities/2012-01-05-c1ty-by-numb3r5-a-...

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