Innovation Hubs Center on Broadband and Transit
The geography of innovation is changing: from spread-out and isolated to concentrated and connected. Today’s innovative firms and workers seek proximity so that ideas and knowledge can be transferred more quickly and seamlessly. And as the geography of innovation changes, so must the infrastructure.
Although innovation districts are largely unplanned and organic, they do require three critical areas of physical investments: transit, broadband, and bicycle/pedestrian facilities. The high density that exist or were planned for innovation districts like Cambridge’s Kendall Square and Philadelphia’s University City all require public transit to move people and provide access to jobs and economic opportunity.
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