06 Feb '12, 2pm

The 21st Century Knowledge Economy Requires Cities - @Kaid_at_NRDC

The 21st Century Knowledge Economy Requires Cities - @Kaid_at_NRDC

About a year ago, several of us attended a meeting in Washington at which a prominent smart growth leader was showing a presentation on “the business case for smart growth.” Much of it was based on the need for everyday, face-to-face business communication within companies and the need for dense environments to facilitate efficient productivity and movement of goods. He stressed that this has always been the case, making connections to history and to studies reaching back for decades. There was only one problem. Several meeting attendees were participating via conference call, following the presentation via their computers and internet connections in remote locations. They were virtually countering the speaker’s point as he was making it. Indeed, a number of partners in the smart growth coalition we represented were, and are, advocating telecommuting as a way of saving tra...

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