Five Essential Characteristics Of A 'Humane Metropolis'

<p>How can the modern metropolis be a magnet for entrepreneurship and creativity?</p>
April 16, 2007, 8am PDT | Abhijeet Chavan
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"Cities were once celebrated as ports of trade, railway hubs, seats of smoke-belching industries. Then they became known as office and banking centers....Recently there's been a new mantra -- cities as magnets for 'young creatives' in arts and entrepreneurship...So what is a 'humane metropolis"? The key words seem to be green, healthy, sociable, civic, and inclusive...[the] idea is simply to protect and create all possible natural areas -- parks, greenways, forest tracts -- fostering a shared sense of ''ecological stewardship.'' They're strongly for promotion of urban gardening and farm markets. They support efforts toward environmental justice, so that low-income areas are not burdened with undue, damaging pollution."

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Published on Sunday, April 1, 2007 in The Washington Post Writers Group
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