The report “State of the City: 5 Trends Impacting US Cities,” issued by Living Cities, not only provides guidance about what issues are trending but also how cities need to act so they can successfully adapt to these trends.
Ben Hecht (CEO of Living Cities) highlights the four key ways that cities need to adapt to these powerful trends:
1. Identifying solutions to these complex problems will require the letting go of old ways of working.
2. Understanding the interdependent nature of these trends is critical to addressing them successfully.
3. Recognizing that no institution or sector alone can reverse the direction of these trends is an imperative.
4. Taking full advantage of innovations in financing and technology will accelerate change.
Hecht concludes: “Our State of the City Report confirms once again what Charles Darwin found 130 years ago: strength and intelligence matter but its adaptation that probably matters most”.
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