Innovation Districts: On Point with Tom Ashbrook

 Boston's District Hall, one public venue in the center of the "Innovation District" -  http://districthallboston.org

Boston's District Hall, one public venue in the center of the "Innovation District" - http://districthallboston.org

Urban Renewal hits the innovation button. Great discussion on the benefits, drawbacks, hype and true transformation that is coming out of this trend. 

Every city planner wants an “innovation district” these days. That hot, hip, high-tech neighborhood where coffee shops and capital and talent churn together to turn out new businesses and economic growth. They’re in Barcelona and Berlin, Seoul and Stockholm. They’re up or coming in Boston, Seattle, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Cleveland – all over. Everybody wants their own urban Silicon Valley. Well, almost everybody. There’s pushback, too. And a hot debate right now on the innovation bandwagon itself. This hourOn Point: innovation districts in America.
— Tom Ashbrook