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More on the Future of Cities

by Drew Meyers on 2:08 pm April 10, 2018

As you know, Fifth Wall’s portfolio event was last week in Venice. There were three panels held at their office, each covering a category Fifth Wall has made big bets on (the majority of panelists were from portfolio companies): Future of Cities Real Estate-as-a-Service Fintech and The Built World Economy I covered the Fintech and Built World Economy panel last week, today I wanted to share a few thoughts from the Future of Cities panel. Smart cities and the future of cities are topics extremely fascinating to me, and … Read More »

Another Entrant to “Smart Cities” = Bill Gates

by Drew Meyers on 2:12 pm November 13, 2017

  Toronto was put on the “smart city” map by Google. Now, Bill Gates’ investment firm (Belmont Partners) is putting “Belmont Arizona” on the map with $80 million to purchase 25,000 acres. (via If you don’t know where “Belmont” is, not to worry. The city doesn’t actually exist yet. They are creating it from scratch. Innovation is smart cities is certainly one of the areas I’m most fascinated by. Building from nothing is likely to lead to more innovation than re-building around pre-existing infrastructure (such as … Read More »

The Smart Cities Movement Is Reshaping Commercial Real Estate

by Jack Kaufman on 1:35 pm June 22, 2017

An example of smart city tech.

In 2014, 54% of the world’s population lived in cities. A UN report predicted that 66% of people in the world will live in cities by 2050. As cities grow at a rapid pace, they face an increasing number of problems. For instance, cities like New York City, Los Angeles, and Austin deal with large amounts of traffic-fueled congestion. Other urban areas experience high levels of pollution and waste that grows in line with an ever-increasing population. The speedy population growth in places like San Francisco … Read More »

4 Ways to Make a City More Walkable

by Drew Meyers on 10:00 am March 6, 2017

I think it’s inevitable many cities will become more walkable than they are today. Here’s a Ted talk by Jeff Speck I watched this weekend that will give you some ideas on how that’s being done…

Reimaging the City as a Digital Platform

by Drew Meyers on 2:00 pm February 13, 2017

The future of cities is a topic that fascinates me. I watched a presentation by two team members of Sidewalk Labs about Reimaging the city as a digital platform. It touched on where they see the future of cities are headed. Among topics such as self driving cars, they touched on 5 primary physical identifiers that cities are composed of — path (sidewalk, road), edge (train tracks), node (train station), district (neighborhoods), and landmarks (Central Park, Space Needle, Eiffel Tower, etc) — and their digital equivalents. If you’re as … Read More »

Real Estate Brokerages/Franchises…and Innovation?

by Drew Meyers on 9:00 am January 11, 2017

I read Patrick Sisson’s piece on Curbed, Can cities create innovation hubs that work for the entire economy? The future of cities is a topic that intrigues me, and believe innovation hubs are part of that (for some cities). Durham seems to be proving that. Innovation hubs are fundamentally about community. Those that succeed in real estate, are in the business of building community. Why aren’t brokerages / franchises investing in local innovation labs?

The Future of Cities

by Drew Meyers on 10:19 am December 12, 2016

You may know the future of cities is a topic of interest to me. I found Oscar Boyson‘s Future of Cities video on Youtube this morning, it’s worth watching for those compelled to learn more about the topic.

A Continuation of the The Future of Cities Dialogue

by Drew Meyers on 9:47 pm October 26, 2016

I brought up the Future of Cities topic back in July as a result of attending the Unlikely Allies summit in Seattle (at Impact Hub). I happened to speak to two people who work for Microsoft’s Civic Tech team today, and came across an announcement by YC’s New Cities initiative caught my attention yesterday, the fact that Ben Huh joined the team. (Ben is a well known entrepreneur from Seattle where I live). You should read Adora Cheung’s post in June here for some context on … Read More »

For Seattlites: The Future of Cities / Unlikely Allies

by Drew Meyers on 2:27 pm July 1, 2016

I know this is insanely last minute, especially given this is a holiday weekend — but I wanted to share an event called Unlikely Allies next week (July 5 and 6) being hosted by Impact Hub Seattle (a co-working network I belong to): Unlikely Allies is a two day festival that takes place in a new city each year bringing together global and local thought leaders, changemakers, inspired citizens and their unlikely allies: the hackers, artists, policy makers, activists, corporate innovators and designers needed to make … Read More »

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