This post originally appeared on Orphan Road.
What will determine if a city will rebound quickly after the economic downturn? According to Forbes:
The best cities in which to invest are those that are considered gateways to international investment, have vital downtowns where people can forgo cars, and don’t have a glut of condos or office space.
Do we know any cities like that? New York? San Francisco? D.C.? Those are all on the list, but Seattle came in at #1.
What would make us even stronger, if this is the criteria? More good transit, of course. But I’d argue we should take walkability to the next level: close down a street or two downtown, allow food vendors onto our streets, and start connecting our neighborhoods together with traffic-free connections.
(hat tip to the ever-gloomy Seattle Bubble blog that even tries to find bad news in this story)