We live in a very tiny world. Fortunate the global citizen that can claim to have seen enough of it to make this affirmation and lucky the city that can keep him engaged enough for his ideas to shape the society of tomorrow.
This sums up my hopes around travel, entrepreneurship, a better world and yes, a little new project of mine that I will uncover today. It is, at the same time, a poetic farewell to 2010 and a geeky welcome to 2011.
I should start by making an obvious statement: I love everything about cities. A quick look at my archives reveals over 50 posts devoted to everything from meaningless statistics about which cities are the most livable to ahead-of-their-time academic papers uncovering their implicit organic rhythms. My firm conviction that the city will acquire a more relevant role in our future society as the country struggles to survive may be unsettling but undeniable and well supported by thinkers like Parag Khanna.
Yet, we go about our lives without marveling at the processes that make our cities work.
Over the last few years, the amazing evolution of digital maps as pervasive [...]