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5G: if you build it, we will fill it — Benedict Evans
With each of these surges in speed, two things happen. First, the things we’re already doing get smoother and easier and quicker, and also get more capable (or bloated). Pages get more images and become more dynamic. Second, new things become possible. You could not have done Flickr or Google Maps on dialup, and you could not have done Netflix (or at least not well) on the broadband of 2003. In the following generation, Snapchat only worked when you could presume that all of your users can connect at tens of Mbits/sec (when they’re not on home WiFi, of course). That in turn means networks with the overall capacity to give that speed not just to one person at a time but to lots of people, and network infrastructure that can do that at a vaguely reasonable price. If you’d shown Snapchat to a mobile network executive in the early 2000s, their hair would have gone white - there was just no way the early 3G network could have supported that kind of load. 
5g  vr  augmented-reality  wave6  cities 
yesterday by dancall
Academic turns city into a social experiment – Harvard Gazette
Mockus’ seemingly wacky notions have a respectable intellectual pedigree. His measures were informed by, among others, Nobel Prize-winning economist Douglass North, who has investigated the tension between formal and informal rules, and Jürgen Habermas’ work on how dialogue creates social capital. (Staff photos Jon Chase/Harvard News Office)

His presentation made it clear that the most effective campaigns combine material incentives with normative change and participatory stakeholding. He is a most engaging, almost pixieish math professor, not a stuffy ‘mayor’ at all. The students were enchanted, as was I.”
urbanism  social  cities  government  cool 
3 days ago by craniac
2018: The Screwed Millennial Generation Gets Smart
TL;DR: millennials earn less than their parents and have been forced to move to suburbs. They're about as conservative, wanting to own homes and raise children.


Millenials earn $2000 less than the same age group made in 1980

20%+ of people 18 to 34 live in poverty, up from 14% in 1980

"the GINK generation (as in “green inclinations, no kids”) that she said meant not only a relatively care-free and low-cost adult life, but also “a lot of green good that comes from bringing fewer beings onto a polluted and crowded planet.”"

"millennials are following in the footsteps of previous generations by locating on the periphery major metropolitan areas and Sun Belt cities, most of which are simply agglomerations of suburbs."

"more 18- to 34-year-olds now live with their parents than with spouses or significant others for the first time since the question was first asked in the 1880s"

80% want to buy a home. Many can't due to high prices and low income (

The vast majority of millennials, according to Gallup and others, want to get married and have children. Their top priority, according to Pew, is to be “good parents.”

Despite endless talk about millennials as the group triggering a “back to the city” movement, census data shows that their populations in many core cities are stagnating or declining. In April 2016, the real estate website Trulia found that millennials were rushing out of expensive cities

Since 2010, the 20 to 29 populations have declined in the core areas of much celebrated youth magnets including Chicago (-0.6 percent) and Portland (-2.5 percent). Other areas, like Los Angeles and Boston, have lost millennials since 2015.

for workers between the ages of 22 and 34, rent costs claim upwards of 45 percent of income in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Miami, compared to closer to 30 percent of income in metropolitan areas like Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston.

18- to 29-year-olds were the age group least satisfied with life in Los Angeles

In the Bay Area, according to ULI, 74 percent of millennials are considering an exit, largely due to high housing prices.

In New York, incomes for people aged 18 to 29 have dropped in real terms since 2000, despite considerably higher education levels. At the same time, rents have shot up by 75 percent.

We have already passed “peak millennial” and are seeing the birth of a new suburban wave

More than 80 percent of 25- to 34-year-olds in major metropolitan areas already live in suburbs and exurbs, according to the latest data—a share that is little changed from 2010 or 2000.

4 in 5 people under 45 preferring the single-family detached houses most often in suburban locales

The income required to buy a home in Silicon Valley ($216,000), San Francisco ($171,000), Los Angeles ($115,000), or New York City ($100,000) dwarfs what is required in places like Orlando ($54,000), San Antonio ($54,000), or Nashville ($47,000).

The Millennial homeownership rates is 37% in Nashville, 29% in San Antonio and 27% in Orlando, compared to under 20% in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Among the 10 major metropolitan areas whose 25- to 34-year-old populations grew most rapidly between 2010 and 2016, seven have more than 95 percent of their population in suburban or exurban settings.

The top 10 regions with the fastest growth in their 25- to 34-year-old populations since 2000 include nontraditional urban areas such as Austin, Orlando, San Antonio, San Bernardino-Riverside, Las Vegas, Houston, Oklahoma City, and Jacksonville. In contrast, Boston ranks 40th out of 53 metro regions, New York 44th, San Jose 47th, Los Angeles 48th, and Chicago 51st.

The millennial suburb will be different—more walkable, more environmentally sustainable, and likely more connected eventually by autonomous technologies.
USA  millenials  poverty  rent  housing  cost  demographics  cities  statistics 
3 days ago by dandv
Plethora Project
Plethora-Project is a design studio with a mission to accelerate computational literacy in the frame of Architecture and Design. The project was inspired by the "show me your screens" motto of the TopLap live-coding group attempting to get rid of Obscurantism in digital design.
games  architecture  design  cities  videogames 
4 days ago by basemaly
Ford’s on-demand bus service Chariot is going out of business - The Verge
But private microtransit was never an easy sell, especially with the ubiquity of ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft. And Chariot’s closure is the latest in a string of failures. Bridj, another on-demand bus service supported by Ford, went belly up in May 2017 after failing to close a deal with an unnamed car company.

Chariot had been struggling for a while, especially in New York City, according to data viewed by Streetsblog. Many of the vans, it seemed, were driving around mostly empty:
cities  taxi  fail  automotive 
4 days ago by dancall
Monoskop – Henri Lefebvre – The Production of Space (PDF)
Henri Lefebvre – The Production of Space.

PDF with OCR translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith.
prof_doc  philosophy  cities  articles 
4 days ago by metaproof
BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time, The City - a history, part 1
In Our Time: The City – a history, part 1

Melvyn Bragg and guests Peter Hall, Julia Merritt and Greg Woolf trace the rise of the city, from its origins in the Bronze Age to just before the coming of the railways.
podcast  cities  prof_doc 
4 days ago by metaproof
Henri Lefebvre - Wikipedia
Henri Lefebvre (16 June 1901 – 29 June 1991) was a French Marxist philosopher and sociologist, best known for pioneering the critique of everyday life, for introducing the concepts of the right to the city and the production of social space, and for his work on dialectics, alienation, and criticism of Stalinism, existentialism, and structuralism. In his prolific career, Lefebvre wrote more than sixty books and three hundred articles.
philosophy  cities  prof_doc 
4 days ago by metaproof

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