News & Views

13
Jan
The Nordic Lesson: Spread Out Innovation
It might seem a puzzle why the small Nordic nations are so successful in innovation, despite much of the population living in large territories with limited population density. A key explanation is that innovation companies, and universities with research and development activities, are found throughout the Nordics. If the innovation 0 Comments
07
Jan
The Next American Cities
The urban form has shifted throughout history. This has been critical to its success. Today we are on the cusp of another transition, ushered in by new technologies and changing demographics, and accelerated by a devastating pandemic. Although these forces affect all geographies, the best chance of success and growth 0 Comments
06
Jan
Work from home is the new normal as employers struggle to make the daily grind work
For many office workers, it’s back to the grind. But it’s not exactly back to the office. And it probably won’t be. We’re coming up on two years since COVID-19 forced a work-from-home revolution as governments asked people to stay away from public spaces to slow the spread of the disease. 0 Comments
06
Jan
The environmental case for suburbia
In the years leading up to the coronavirus pandemic, the intelligentsia came to a consensus that sprawling, car-dominated cities were doomed. The future, they said, was in dense, transit-dependent metropolises. The seeming success of compact cities such as San Francisco, Boston, and New York gave this theory credence. And the supposed dangers 0 Comments
06
Jan
How the pandemic supercharged US suburbs
From Bloomberg Fueled by a desire for space and liberated by remote work, homebuyers are pushing development ever deeper into the suburban outskirts of U.S. cities.  https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2022-01-05/a-supernova-of-suburban-sprawl-fueled-by-covid 0 Comments
28
Dec
Who is winning the war for tech talent in the USA, and why?
By Joel Kotkin & Marshall Toplansky Jobs in the innovation industry pay three times the median wage for all jobs in California. Yet many are leaving California now, bound for Utah, Texas, Washington state, Colorado and Idaho. What’s attracting companies like Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Oracle, Tesla, Apple, Airbnb, Amgen, Uber 0 Comments
23
Dec
A real rural future
One of the far-too-often repeated statements made by urban, coastal elites is that one’s future cannot be found in the countryside. These city-centered Americans often believe that economic growth, jobs, and the nation’s future can only be found in big cities and that rural America remains a dead-end, brain-drained world with minimal 0 Comments
22
Dec
Inequality map reveals Sydney’s ‘spatial’ wealth
The most geographically advantaged neighbourhoods in Sydney have access to four times as many jobs, almost eight times the social support and ten times the education opportunities than the most disadvantaged areas. Full story here 0 Comments
20
Dec
Mapping shows the gaps between Melbourne’s haves and have-nots
A new way of mapping inequality reveals the extent of the divide between the haves and have-nots in Melbourne, with access to jobs, education and services unevenly spread by a factor of 10 in some places. The new analysis scores suburbs on their “spatial wealth” by comparing education options and 0 Comments
16
Dec
Plans Revealed for Sunshine Coast $100m Surgical Hospital
Barwon Investment Partners has lodged plans for a $100-million, 10-storey surgical hospital in the emerging Maroochydore CBD. It is the second significant project announced in as many days for the burgeoning town centre after Walker Corp filed plans for a 15-storey commercial building nearby. The Sunshine Coast economy has grown 0 Comments