On Zipcar’s Future Metropolis Index
ZipCar commissioned some research on the future of American cities as thriving economic engines. Zipcar’s capitalizing on the fractional ownership concept. That’s forward thinking. That’s cool. So I thought this would be interesting research.
Here’s the first half of the list, the rest is after the fold.
Really bizarre metrics. It tested innovation (free wifi spots + degree granting institutions), sustainability (hybrids + bike lanes), creativity (parks, art jobs/businesses), efficiency (public transportation), livability (unemployment crime).
Totally ignored HUGE trends and indicators that matter:
- Unrest potential. For example, El Paso is ranked #1 for livability “due to its lowest homicide rate and second lowest burglary rate.” Assumes no spillover violence from Mexico.
- Foreclosures tear holes in social fabric. Not checking for this is like declaring a patient healthy without checking for cancer.
- Nature of industry. Could have checked for the number of people who report as self employeed/consultants/etc. (Instead, they used wifi hotspots and degree granting institutions.)
- Production. Creativity was measured by park land area. What? Urban gardens would be a much better metric. Solar energy production capacity. These constitute real sustainability, not bike lanes and hybrid cars.
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