As a city-building exercise, Innovation Districts are generally dense, walkable, bike-friendly, transit-oriented areas with a strong sense of place—all good.

As everybody knows, it doesn't always work that way, and CityLab's Anthony Flint is here to explore the darker underbelly of the phenomenon. Flint notes that this the ultimate question about Innovation Districts: Can every city really have one? Is there enough innovation to go around? He writes:

The scale presents its own challenges. Presidential campaigns constantly worry about venues for rallies, because even a decent crowd in a large room can look like a paltry turnout. So it is with a vast innovation landscape that is going to require a lot of filling-in.

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