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How do great cities actually work?

By Tarryn Landman

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) tackles this question in the seventh edition of its Cities of Opportunity report, exploring the ways successful cities weave together complex systems (technology, healthcare, transportation etc.) to take advantage of opportunities and mitigate challenges.

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Posted on 20, Jan | Posted by

Innovative solutions

Innovative solutions to retool cities

By Giulia Ilacqua

The Manhattan Institute has released its latest study on the challenges facing American cities. The first, The Next Urban Renaissance, was released in 2015. Its new report, Retooling Metropolis, focuses on how social media, markets, and regulatory innovations can make cities more liveable. The four essays cover bi-directional data flows and collaboration between private firms and cities, the right price of street parking, the use of micro units, and improving the way cities contract services. Each of these offers interesting examples of ways cities are overcoming their challenges.

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Posted on 7, Oct | Posted by

TINAN 74 (August 2016)

In TINAN 74 the MDB Insight team looks at:


  • How do great cities actually work?
  • Connecting the urban-curious
  • Does city living make people happier?
  • Millennials can’t afford to job hop
  • Resource Review: “Healthcare Disrupted: Next Generation Business Models and Strategies” by Jeff Elton and Anne O’Riordan

Posted on 18, Sep | Posted by

TINAN 65 (September 2015)

In TINAN 65 the MDB Insight team looks at employer engagement, why businesses are moving back downtown, playable cities, income inequality in OECD countries, and Canada’s innovation grade.


  • Win-win-win results with employer engagement
  • Why companies are moving downtown
  • Is your city playable?
  • Are you rich or poor?
  • Canada scores a C in innovation
  • Company Corner: Millier Dickinson Blais is now MDB Insight

Posted on 2, Apr | Posted by

TINAN 61 (March 2015)


  • Is your community age-friendly?
  • Are you ready for the Metropolitan Century?
  • Is education the key to closing the skills gap and sparking economic development?
  • Client Corner: Conception Bay South establishes a new BIA
  • Resource Review: Picking winners and losers in the entrepreneurial state

Posted on 11, Feb | Posted by

The changing shape of modern cities

By Jon Beale

Los Angeles skyline at night

The geography of cities is changing. In today’s modern city centres human talent has replaced industrial capital. Urban centres have undergone a large de-industrialization over the past half century to become hubs of innovation, networking, and ideas that attract a young, talented “creative class“. The Martin Prosperity Institute recently explored this changing urban landscape in the study The Divided City and the Shape of the New Metropolis. Read the full blog post

Posted on 9, Oct | Posted by

Evolution of great world cities: Urban wealth and economic growth by Christopher Kennedy

The Evolution of Great World Cities

In the Evolution of Great World Cities: Urban Wealth and Economic Growth,Christopher Kennedy explains why certain cities are wealthy and how they have come to be wealthy over time. He explores economic theory through the lens of urban history, referencing a variety of case studies to illustrate how urban growth and development occur.

Kennedy defines “wealth” as the value of tangible assets owned by citizens.  Wealthy cities are therefore those in which citizens have highly valued holdings of financial capital, real estate, and other assets. A central argument of the book is that physical infrastructure contributes significantly to the wealth and economic growth of cities (take a look at this 2009 report titled Infrastructure and the Economy: Future directions for Ontario for an example, or at a blog post written by Kennedy about his book). Infrastructure – primarily transportation systems and other physical assets, such as buildings and water pipes – determines land use in cities and influences the consumption and investment of citizens. In fact, Kennedy argues that the connection between economies of cities and their infrastructure systems is so “natural” and “symbiotic” that it is difficult to discern. The wealth of cities is directly impacted by fundamental changes to infrastructure and Kennedy develops an ecosystem analogy to interpret these transformations in cities over time.

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