Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Cities Need To Act Like Cities

First & Columbia, Downtown Seattle, 1901 [via Vintage Seattle]

This morning on KUOW, Weekday featured a 20-minute convo with Bruce Katz, the VP and founding director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, which "seeks to redefine the challenges facing cities and metropolitan areas by researching major demographic, market, development and governance trends." Katz's comments regarding Seattle – the 19th largest city in the country and growing quickly – are particularly interesting. Here's one:
You just built this transit system...I think what now has to happen is you need to change the land use and the zoning along that corridor so you really can achieve the potential, the benefit, of having a world-class transit system.
Listen to the podcast at KUOW.org (skip ahead to 4:35 if you've already donated to public radio and don't want to hear the seemingly endless fundraising chatter).

Katz is also speaking at 6:30 this evening at the University of Washington's Kane Hall. Read one of his recent speeches, at University of Minnesota, here.

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