Liveblogging the 21st Century City Conference
Kotkin opened with a quandary: How can you be as smart and brilliant as we are, and not end up talking down to the unwashed, un-stylish-jacket-wearing masses about your awesome ideas? OK, I'm paraphrasing. Here's what he really said: "One of the great problems of American progressivism is it tends to talk down to the population." And now I promise to quit whining about the awesome smugness of this room, promise.
Moving on: Kotkin talked up to us, literally, in council chambers, beginning with the challenges we'll face in the future: there will be more population crowding, and we're all "getting older slower." What to do about all this? Join me in the comments for Kotkin's prescription for a better, more newly geographized tomorrow.