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“In a recent article, Neil Brenner and Christian Schmid identified three “urban age discourses” that shape our current episteme. Urban triumphalism, as championed by economists like Edward Glaeser, regards the city as an engine of innovation and civilization and prosperity. Sustainable urbanism imagines cities as hotbeds of resilience and environmental consciousness. Finally, technoscientific urbanism reflects a neopositivist return to postwar systems thinking and centralized planning; it is especially visible in the discourse around “smart cities,” which regards the intelligence generated from spatial sensing and data analysis as a “fix” for perennial urban problems.” – Instrumental City: The View from New York’s Hudson Yards, circa 2019

“A massive scientific undertaking to study the human condition is set to launch in January of 2017. The Kavli Human Project, funded by the Kavli Foundation, plans to recruit 10,000 New Yorkers from all walks of life to be measured for 10 years. And by measured, they mean everything: all financial transactions, tax returns, GPS coordinates, genomes, chemical exposure, IQ, bluetooth sensors around the house, who subjects text and call—and that’s just the beginning. In all, the large team of academics expect to collect about a billion data points per person per year at an unprecedented low cost for each data point compared to other large research surveys.” – Your Data Footprint Is Affecting Your Life In Ways You Can’t Even Imagine

“Middle-income residents — already a smaller percentage of the population here than the national average — are seeing incomes shrink and opportunities decline. Even as New York’s GDP increased by nearly 50% between 1990 and 2007, the average wage stayed flat, at about $16 an hour. And the share of income received by the middle 45% of New Yorkers, defined as those drawing incomes between $29,000 and $167,000, plunged by 19%.” – Why I got out of New York City

“New York had entered the pantheon of big cities that people visit and observe and patronize and document, but don’t actually add to, like Paris. No one goes to Paris imagining how they can contribute to the city. People go to Paris thinking, “Wow, I want to get my picture taken with Paris in the background.” That’s what New York became, a victim of its own photogenic beauty and success.” – Moby: Los Angeles, The First City of the Apocalypse – Creative Time Reports