The Endowment of “The Prosperous” plays a central role in American metropolitans. Increasingly, cities are being viewed as central places for economic growth due to certain structural dynamics associated with urban places—industry clustering, agglomeration, density of networks, urban scale, and the attraction of skilled labor. With the growth of the knowledge economy, these particular urban features will become more salient as growth will largely consist of technological innovation.
At the same time, other factors not captured by terms of economic growth are important. This includes for example, the level of personal savings, culturally significant businesses, and the involvement of business leaders in the community. Other aspects of this endowment assess the fiscal health of the city, the tax burden on residents and businesses, and the affordability and availability of housing stock.
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In our last post, we highlighted some of the recent historical changes surrounding assessments. How do all these measurements help us understand what it means to thrive in today”s cities? Part II of III
Understanding the nature of thriving in cities requires tackling challenging questions about how to identify, conceptualize, measure, and assess urban life. This is Part I of three posts exploring such inquiries.