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Hey! This is John Surico. I’ve been thinking about cities for the last decade.
I write about them as a journalist for publications like The New York Times, Bloomberg CityLab, and teach budding journalists how to do the same at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. And I’ve studied them at The Bartlett School of Planning, at University College London. I also participate in them as a citizen through community organizing and engagement. Outside of all of that, my life largely takes place in them.
If you float around the urbanism space enough, you’ll likely hear the United Nations statistic that two-thirds of the world’s population will be living in cities by mid-century. For the first time in human history, we are living in an urban dominant world, where at least half of the world’s population lives in or around cities. And the numbers keep growing and growing.
What that means exactly is where this newsletter gets its start. We have to ask ourselves: what do we want our cities to be? And that involves rethinking how we build them, how we get around them, how we live in them, and how we prepare them for an uncertain future. I started this monthly missive first as a space to present my writings and observations in a more cohesive, regular manner, but over time it’s turned into an ongoing conversation about the innovations and changes happening all around us.
And that said, I hope you’ll join it!
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