CoolTowns – urban biodiversity?

If you ever wanted a concise read on how biodiversity relates to urban diversity, read this article that relates the necessity of genetic diversity for our survival, to the need for a diversity in our downtowns (ie one less Starbucks, one more cool independent coffeehouse) for its own economic and cultural survival.

“Where loss of genetic diversity threatens the survival of species and leaves ecosystems vulnerable to collapse, clone shops and towns imperil local livelihoods, communities and culture by eroding choice and decreasing the resilience of high streets to economic downturns.”

In fact, the economic correlation to diversity is displayed visually on page 37 of this report by Richard Florida, as mentioned in our blog on how to design a downtown that attracts diversity.

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