CityLab editor-at-large Richard Florida provides an insightful interview with Gabriel Metcalf, executive director of the urban policy think tank SPUR and one of the founders of the car-sharing movement.
In his new book, Democratic by Design, Metcalf explains how alternative institutions like cooperatives and community land trusts hold the answer to many of today's biggest problems.
"There is a major role for alternative institutions in our future cities," he tells Florida. "This includes a lot more experimentation with physical form and infrastructure—more ecologically benign buildings, a reinvention of public space, a rethinking of mobility systems, and an embrace of new models for providing renewable energy. It also includes a new wave of experiments with place-based economic development. And most fundamentally, it involves the creation of new institutions of land ownership and stewardship."
Read the interview with Metcalf.