Infographic: Urban Matters

Infographics are quite effective in illustrating and simplifying seemingly complex concepts. This SAP Urban Matters infographic illustrates the power of the cities and the importance of having sustainable efficiently run cities.

Cities are already playing an increasingly vital role in our lives and the global economy and increasingly becoming points of convergence for many ideas, dreams, cultures and aspirations.  They host universities, cultural centres, museums, parks, multinationals, financial infrastructure and sports facilities and are therefore indispensable to all those who aspire to a modern lifestyle.  In the developing world, cities are land of opportunities and the place where dreams are realized. Some 3.5 billion of us currently live in cities, a number that is expected to increase to 6.5 billion by 2050. Some 120 cities currently account for 29% of the global GDP or $20.2 trillion. By 2025,some 600 cities are expected to account for 65% of the global GDP. Being the hive of economic activity, cities are also the biggest polluters  accounting for some 71% of greenhouse gas emissions. Those HVAC, vehicle and industrial emissions are exerting their fair share of damage to the environment. But as the infographic states, it is not enough to build a smart city but the city must function and adapt quickly to meet new challenges.

So what makes a best run city? Several factors must converge to create a city that delivers to its inhabitants. These include governance, infrastructure, financial expertise, strong economy, resilience and sustainability, societal character, human and social capital. A best run city must have efficient urbanization, smarter economies, sustainable growth and empowered communities. These are the key drivers that catalyze the evolution of cities and urban development in general.   Check out the SAP Urban Matters infographic for more information on why best run cities are improving lives.

 

Urban Matters Infographic

Urban Matters Infographic

Need any statistical information on any U.S. city? Look no further.

For some reason, comparing statistics such as the property values or the crime rates in cities fascinates me.  Statistics provide a very informative way of evaluating where to move or where to vacation or other numerous decisions.  I recently came across a rather informative site that acts as a great resource for all the major communities in the United States.  The site covers a wide array of useful topics, stays current and includes a very busy and engaging forum of discussion.  You can visit the site at www.city-data.com.  Hopefully, with time the site will continue to expand and include information outside of the U.S. borders.

Detroit: What Now?

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With the possibility of the automakers getting absoulutely zilch from the U.S. government, one has to wonder what this means for the already suffering city of Detroit.  Detroit may be less dependent on the auto industry than it once was (since manufacturing has been in decline for decades), but with the possibility of an official GM bankruptcy, it could send shockwaves through the city.  The city recently passed a $47 million dollar stabilization plan for a number of neighbourhoods around the city with the hopes of using a great number towards demolition.  Could we be seeing Detroit tearing down a large number of their thousands of vacant buildings?  Perhaps this land could be put to better use.  Whatever may happen, it’s unfortunate to see a city that has already hit hard times possibly go even further down.  I’m certainly not defending General Motors.  They had plenty of time to restructue, but the possibilities are grim for Detroit if they do go under.