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The usual complaint about economic theory is that our models are oversimplified — that they offer excessively neat views of complex, messy reality. [With Zipf’s law] the reverse is true: we have complex, messy models, yet reality is startlingly neat and simple.
A pandemic could begin with one infected person flying across the world, shedding pathogens along the way. It’s a terrifying scenario, but it probably wouldn’t have happened thousands of years ago. Not because we didn’t have airplanes but because humans had not yet become a crowd species.
From 1996 to 2004, the middle-class suburbs leaned Republican. Since then, it’s been a tug of war, with the Democrats coming out on top in 2006-8, the Republicans pulling ahead in 2010, and the Democrats making a comeback in the 2012 election.
For the first time in a half century, Detroit could follow a national trend and remove aging I-375, cutting off express downtown access for tens of thousands of motorists a day and create a pedestrian friendly parkway connecting Lafayette Park and Eastern Market with the central business district.
In the two years before Obama became president and job losses bottomed out, young people born between the 1980s and the end of the century (a.k.a.: Millennials) were fleeing Washington, D.C. But in the next two years, the city and its surrounding suburbs in Maryland and Virginia added more Millennials than any other city in America.
Simply stated. walkable is good, but sit-able is better. And it’s time for the next big focal point and the next big idea, The Sit-able City.
Sit-able places are key, interdisciplinary focal points where the delight of “placemaking” and cultural traditions of “watching the world go by” merge with the sometimes conflicting domains of law and politics, economic development, public safety, gentrification and the homeless.