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To Make Cities More Sustainable, Let Go of Tradition

Richard Florida

In this CityLab interview, Richard Florida interviews SPUR Director and Democratic by Design author Gabriel Metcalf. Metcalf speaks on the power of alternative institutions - such as car-sharing programs and cooperatively-owned businesses - to change the current socio-economic paradigm. He draws on strategies like our Cleveland Model as well as cites our co-founder Gar Alperovitz as a practical theorist that led his research forward.

The Appendix is actually one of my favorite parts of the whole book, because that’s where I get to give credit to some of the thinkers who mattered most to me. I draw on everything from deToqueville and Putnam on voluntary associations, to the social anarchists of the 19th century, who wanted to “prefigure” the way a society would work in their ideal world. Gar Alperovitz of the Democracy Collaborative has done a lot of the most practical work developing and supporting alternative institutions and thinking through a theory of how they can lead to widespread social change... Read full article.