Detroit was the capital of the Industrial Economy. Silicon Valley was the capital of the Information Economy.
What city will be the capital of the emerging Purpose Economy?
Imperative, New Cities Foundation & NBBJ
THE PURPOSE CITY FOSTERS CREATIVITY AND PROMOTES EMPATHY.
It blurs the boundaries, divisions, lines, and definitions between school and community, parks and restaurants, businesses and streets, young and old, manufacturing and craft.
No matter the size of the city, it lives as a town. It changes "I" to "we."
It is true to the characteristics of the communities that comprise it.
It creates an environment where its citizens can reach their full potential.
It consciously embraces the suburbs, connecting with the center of recognition of lifestyle, preference and affordability.
The purpose-rich city says "hi" to people it does not know. It embraces otherness.
PRESENTLY, THE CITY STRUCTURE DIVIDES INSTEAD OF CONNECTS. IT DIVIDES US FROM NEIGHBORS, FROM COMMUNITIES , AND FROM OPPORTUNITY. THE CITY MUST PROVIDE AND SUPPORT:
Quality and reliable resources to all citizens.
A healthy, safe and inspiring environment.
Shared inclusion and access.
Human-centered, life-centered design.
Community-led and individually-led design innovations.
THE PURPOSEFUL CITY WORKS AT ITS PURPOSE. THE CITIZEN OF A PURPOSE CITY IS ACTIVELY ENGAGED. A CITY ACHIEVES PURPOSE BY:
Being authentic to its people, its place, and its time.
Measuring success in human terms, not purely economic ones.
Providing an educational system that nurtures the while child, teaches purposeful citizenship, and and graduates purpose-driven citizens from its schools.
Accepting "blur" as a zoning principle and encouraging public/private partnerships.
Embracing urban design that encourages healthy lifestyles.
Providing inclusive, affordable housing.
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