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Greg Lindsay Urbanist, Futurist, and Expert on the Post-Pandemic Future of Cities, Work, Travel, Mobility, and more

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  • The Dark Side of 15-Minute Grocery Delivery

    Mini-warehouses dubbed “dark stores” are quietly taking over urban retail space. Left unregulated, the insatiable demand for faster delivery will only hasten the erosion of community life.

  • Why the Great Lakes need to be the center of our climate strategy

    If you're looking for a strategy to get the most value from climate investments, the answer is simple: Cities like Detroit, Cleveland, and Buffalo will still be livable as the climate changes, and have the space to absorb climate migrants.

  • How to design a smart city that's built on empowerment—not corporate surveillance

    There's a way to incorporate tech into a city that creates more equity and connection, not just opportunities to monetize data.

  • Hacking the City (The New Republic)

    In Newcastle, Australia, Marcus Westbury has grappled with the questions that have consumed struggling cities for decades: How do you turn a place around without money or resources, and by empowering residents rather than displacing them? Renew's success has made Westbury a minor celebrity on these issues at home. In August, he published a book, Creating Cities, recounting the lessons from...

  • Workspaces That Move People (Harvard Business Review)

    Few companies measure whether the design of their workspaces helps or hurts performance, but they should. The authors have collected data that capture individuals’ interactions, communications, and location information. They’ve learned that face-to-face interactions are by far the most important activity in an office; creating chance encounters between knowledge workers, both inside...

  • Engineering Serendipity (Aspen Ideas/Time)

    I’d like to tell the story of a paradox: How do we bring the right people to the right place at the right time to discover something new, when we don’t know who or where or when that is, let alone what it is we’re looking for? This is the paradox of innovation: If so many discoveries — from penicillin to plastics – are the product of serendipity,...