An Interesting Model of Sustainability

NY Times
September 25, 2010
In Arabian Desert, a Sustainable City Rises
By NICOLAI OUROUSSOFFABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Back in 2007, when the government here announced its plan for “the world’s first zero-carbon city” on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, many Westerners dismissed it as a gimmick — a faddish follow-up to neighboring Dubai’s half-mile-high tower in the desert and archipelago of man-made islands in the shape of palm trees.Designed by Foster & Partners, a firm known for feats of technological wizardry, the city, called Masdar, would be a perfect square, nearly a mile on each side, raised on a 23-foot-high base to capture desert breezes. Beneath its labyrinth of pedestrian streets, a fleet of driverless electric cars would navigate silently through dimly lit tunnels. The project conjured both a walled medieval fortress and an upgraded version of the Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland.

Bigger May Not Always Be Better

Here is interesting take on how transportation can impact economic growth.  Not sure I buy the full argument but it would be hard to dismiss the notion.  I would contend that this way of looking at transportation needs to include data networks and internet access since this is the way modern products are brought market and how people “get around”

For vibrant economy, transportation networks matter more than city size
By Christina Hernandez

‘Coworking,’ a cooperative for the modern age

By Dan Fostt
SAN FRANCISCO —Contemplating his career path a couple of years ago, a young computer programmer named Brad Neuberg faced a modern predicament. “It seemed I could either have a job, which would give me structure and community,” he said, “or I could be freelance and have freedom and independence. Why couldn’t I have both?”


‘Coworking,’ a cooperative for the modern age – The New York Times

Why Some Communities Just Can’t Compete

Here is a good article that does a good job of laying out the basic issue and the conflict many communities are facing with sub-par broadband options that inhibit their competitive positions in the world economy..

This article indirectly makes the much the same point that the US didn’t develop the world’s most powerful manufacturing capacity by waiting for Wal-Mart to build an interstate highway system to move those goods to market.  The successful economies in the world merely applied this important lesson the US seems to have forgotten, when the Internet began to replace the highway as the main means to markets.

Our failure to remember our own lessons and a rigid adherence to mistaken dogma have caused the US average broadband speeds to continue to drop dramatically behind the rest of the developed world.

An Open Letter to North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue: Support Community Broadband