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The CoolTown water test: Take one city model, pour water over it, tilt slightly. How much
Is there a true piazza in the United States?: No. There will be one day, but right now there really isn’t
What do the most culturally creative Gen Yers want in a town?: As I mentioned regarding last week’s event, I surveyed the early adopters,
What makes Dubrovnik’s urban fabric cool?: Looking at the plan of the town above, you’ll notice that all
From basketball courts to medieval cities: The Department of Labor released a study stating that 70% of what
Cool mobility: The 5-minute rule: The average person avoids waiting more than 5 minutes for transit. That’s
Cool mobility: Convertible skates: I usually walk or take the subway (Metro), but for those trips
Special Report: Hanging with the future: I was fortunate to host a focus group of about 20-30 University
I want a car… sometimes: In a pedestrian-oriented town, it’d be nice if you had a car
CoolMobility. So, what about the Segway?: If you don’t want to get yelled at, don’t ride it on
Young adults, kids have great ideas too: Sometimes, even better than those who are making decisions in how we
I want diversity in my town! How?: At least that’s what the cultural creatives, the early adopters and today’s
Have it your way – your home and neighborhood that is: The business system by the economy will evolve where we will see
A cool town is truly people-driven: What makes a CoolTown unique is that the people who will actually
Cool town on the surface…: One of the country’s leading institutional investment groups, Federal Realty came upon
Show me the money!: The key obstacle to building these towns is NOT financing. At least,
The New American Dream: Here’s one such trendsetter who’s living that what-rush-hour? New American dream standard,
The Rise of the Creative Class: The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It’s Transforming Work, Leisure,
Creativity drives the economy: Prove it? Some people already have, and it’s much easier to explain
Why are lofts so popular?: It’s partially a combination of the experience economy (below) and the Not
The Dairy Godmother is a cool ‘third place: The most important task in building cooltowns is finding the passionate, visionary
People and parking: Like being stuck in a bad relationship: Just ask anyone who recently got a parking ticket. To quote Mark
HP’s CoolTown: Check out HP’s ‘cooltown rocks’ video, which coincidentally has a similar vision
The workplace as living room: Feel like your office has as much character as the dentist office?
Welcome to my CoolTown Blog!: Welcome to my CoolTown Blog! Here you will discover that there really