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July 28, 2017  |  permalink

Songdo, City of the Future? Or of Our Hopes and Fears?

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I love to tell the story of how when I first visited New Songdo City in 2007, the site of the future Central Park (pictured above) was nothing more than mud studded with seashells, having only recently been dredged off the seafloor. Today, as you can see, the park has come into its own, even if the city — now with 100,000 inhabitants — still feels patchy at times. In this short clip directed by Ghost Cities of China author Wade Shepherd and shot in June at the New Cities Summit, I talk about how Songdo succeeded almost in spite of itself, and how we project our own hopes and fears for the future onto these instant cities.

 

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Greg Lindsay is a journalist, urbanist, futurist, and speaker. He is a senior fellow of the New Cities Foundation — where he leads the Connected Mobility Initiative  — and the director of strategy for LACoMotion, a new mobility festival coming to the Arts District of Los Angeles in November 2017.

He is also a non-resident senior fellow of The Atlantic Council’s Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative, a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, a contributing writer for Fast Company and co-author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next.

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