Recent and ongoing policy efforts to increase spatial efficiency at the metropolitan, local, and neighborhood level have focused on interventions such as place-based affordable housing, transit-oriented development, and livability programs. As the nation and its metropolitan areas begin to seek more productive and sustainable sources of economic growth for the future, it is crucial to understand how policies that shape the physical landscape of metropolitan America can help grow economies more attuned to the imperatives of globalization, technological innovation, and production.
In turn, it is equally important to understand how shifts in economic growth impacts the built environment. While these spatial impacts are a product of both national and metro-level macroeconomic factors, public policies that shape urban form can, in turn, shape these macroeconomies.
This paper examines the relationships of urban and metropolitan form with three vital aspects of modern metropolitan economies: globalization and the production of tradable goods and services, technological innovation, and the low carbon imperative. A research agenda follows that derives from the conclusions reached in the previous sections.
“This is the way the world thinks about innovation; they don’t think about countries or states or metropolitan areas, or even cities, they think about districts,” he said. “You have that now, and you need to play it out.” [Report release event: Capturing the next economy: Pittsburgh’s rise as a global innovation city]
Bruce Katz of Brookings said Oakland, with the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, could become a “playground of innovation” through a partnership recommended in the report. The InnovatePGH partnership would feature collaboration between the city, universities, entrepreneurs and corporations to nurture high-tech business. [Report release event: Capturing the next economy: Pittsburgh’s rise as a global innovation city]
“You were a ‘first mover’ around steel and that had dramatic multiplier effects across the economy,” Bruce Katz, a scholar at Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution, told some 200 people at a conference in the Hill District. “And we’re saying you can do it again. You can do this.” [Report release event: Capturing the next economy: Pittsburgh’s rise as a global innovation city]