Why Cities?

Why Cities?

For the first time in human history, more humans live in urban environments than not, and this demographic trend will only increase dramatically in coming decades.

This means that both the challenges to and opportunities for human thriving are principally urban in character.


Over the past few years, Thriving Cities has worked with local stakeholders in about a dozen mid-sized cities across the United States. In 2015 Thriving Cities commissioned field research in three pilot cities: Portland, Oregon; Richmond, Virginia; and Orlando, Florida. The initial stage of research resulted in unique city profiles that tell the stories of our three pilot cities through the Thriving Cities Human Ecology Framework.