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The Urban Audit

Map of the 258 Urban Audit CitiesThe Urban Audit provides European urban statistics for 258 cities across 27 European countries. It contains almost 300 statistical indicators presenting information on matters such as demography, society, the economy, the environment, transport, the information society and leisure. The Urban Audit was conducted at the initiative of the Directorate-General for Regional Policy at the European Commission, in cooperation with EUROSTAT and the national statistical offices of the Member States. Continue reading

The importance of Place in the age of Creative Economy

Who' s Your City book coverRichard Florida, in his latest book entitled “Who’s Your City?’ handled the subject of how the Creative Economy is making the place where someone lives the most important decision of his life. According to Richard Florida place is now more important than ever. He disagrees with the common argument of the age of globalization according to that where you live don’ t matter: you can telecommute with everyone; you can innovate from everywhere. Continue reading

The 2008 Silicon Valley Index

The 2008 Silicon Valley IndexSilicon Valley experienced a sixth consecutive year of productivity gains in 2007 that surpassed previous highs from the dot com boom, but the growth spurt is offset by economic instability, according to the 2008 Silicon Valley Index released by Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network and Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The Index, published annually since 1995, measures the strength of the region’ s economy and the health of the community. Continue reading

The 30 Fastest Cities To Work, Live, and Play

The 30 Fastest Cities To Work, Live, and PlayFast Company magazine has selected 30 urban centers that are shaping our future. The list includes creative-class meccas, R&D hot spots, even cities so fast they’re scary. It calls them Fast Cities. They are cauldrons of creativity where the most important ideas and the organizations of tomorrow are centered. They attract the best and brightest. They are great places to work and live. Continue reading