29 Apr '11, 4pm

Home tweet home: Twitter HQ chooses the city over sprawl

I spent the last couple of days at a conference about climate, cities, and behavior. One topic that kept coming up among the municipal officials there -- from places like New York, Denver, Vancouver, Richmond, and San Francisco -- was the importance of walkable downtowns to attracting business and investment. Amenities like good transit, bike infrastructure, and dynamic public spaces are increasingly being seen not as frivolities, but as essential tools in building a city's economy. In that context, some of us talked about Twitter's announcement last week that it will be moving to new headquarters in San Francisco's Central Market neighborhood. The move was contingent on some controversial tax breaks that the company had negotiated with the city, after threatening to move south to the office parks of San Mateo County. What makes the Twitter decision particularly noteworthy...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/cities/2011-04-29-home-tweet-home-tw...

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