Part of its New Yorks image. This city has survived a lot and has been a place where dreams came true for those who immigrated to the U.S. New York has a diverse population and more than one industry to sustain it. The garment district is great. The city is full of things to do for people of all ages. It’s an international hub for business, art, music, etc. While I would like to have an explanation as to why New York has managed to weather the storm so well, I'm not sure I really want to know. This city is unlike the others, so trying to apply its "strategy" to other cities is not the answer. Like this situation each city is unique. This means each city will require a different plan to get it back on track.
I think the "sustainable transport" element is probably the most important, because if people can't get where they need to go quickly, efficiently, and cheaply, it's not going to make them as likely to want to live in that city. The whole reason people want to live in the city in the first place is for the convenience, opportunities, and attractions that it offers, and they will only want to stay there if they can easily take advantage of these things through efficient public transportation.
Yes, I agree with Kelsey in that sustainable transport is the most important priority as the world is rapidly running out of crude oil.
It is impressive that Germany has already started incorporating these elements into its cities. It is also serving as an example for other cities to follow.
It was very interesting that South Florida is an up and coming tech city. Palm beach County is beautiful and land is realitivly cheap. Investing in innovative technology is a proven to be successful way of growing an economy. It is cool that the former manufacturing centers of Columbus and Milwaukee are growing as well.
These are really interesting suggestions. The one that caught my eye though was the "distributed city" idea, where cities would have neighborhood based distribution of power, waste, water etc. While this may be more sustainable, given the segregation that is prevalent in most US cities, I would worry about what that would mean for neighborhoods that were struggling or couldn't advocate as much for themselves. Nonetheless. All the ideas are pretty awesome.