Dallas the Setting for a Discussion of 'New Cities'

After the New Cities Summit last week, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors this week, Dallas has been the location of a lot of recent discussion about the future of cities.

In summing up last week's New Cities Summit, Brandon Formby notes that "even though the country predominantly moves by automobile, many of the conversations focused on public transit and biking." Formby then goes on to provide some insight into discussions on bike lanes, automated cars, and streetcar projects, among other questions of alternative transportation.

In an earlier article, David Flick explains the New Cities Summit's focus on global cities: "Cities, [conference participants] said, must find a way to deal with growing economic inequality and climate change. They must connect with their residents and help them connect with each other. And they must regard culture as more than a luxury."

And in another article, David Mosier describes the reactions of conference attendees to their host city of Dallas:

"Visitors in Dallas for the international New Cities Summit found a strange place that mirrored neither the Texas cliche of cattle and oil nor expectations of a bustling new metropolis."

"Instead, many found an optimistic, spirited city but also one with empty sidewalks, impossibly wide roads, an unhealthy attachment to their cars and not enough vibrancy for a population of more than 1.2 million. Some also saw a place embracing sustainable development and trying to roll back decades of old-fashioned urban planning."

Full Story: Transportation trends, challenges emerge at Dallas conferences


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