Dutch start-up SellaBand has built a platform that allows artists to crowd-source funding from music-lovers around the world. Established in 2006 by two Sony-BMG music executives, it provides a Bowie-bond like process for up-and-coming bands to raise $50,000 to record their album by selling ten dollar "parts" to online "believers."
Ed Glaeser has some very sensible things to say about the shrinking cities brouhaha.. Despite the growing hype, there's not a shred of evidence that the Obama administration is considering bull-dozering anything. Glaeser says it makes a heck of a lot more sense to favor people over places. Invest in human capital and encourage people to be mobile, Glaeser contends, promise much better long-term economic payoffs than undertaking expensive and dubious strategies to try to revive dying places.
Crosscut argues that it's time for Seattle and other cities to learn from NYC's example and start turning old elevate structures into parks and other good uses (pointer via Planetizen).
More photos of "kitchens to go" over at Metropolis.
Paul Graham speculates that startups may herald a new era of political economy. He notes that startups are highly clustered in certain cities. And he's concerned about what this means for society. The spiky nature of our era - evident in everything from startup clustering to rising economic and geographic inequality - is among the most critical questions for national and international policy makers over the coming decades.
A reader writes: "Another issue that is starting to arise outside of your writing is the future of food production. I would like you to consider how your view of future urban areas would interact with increasing commodity prices for basic food stuffs." I asked Betsy Donald, a geographer at Queens University who has done extensive research on the creative food economy, about this.
Corporate headquarters are both heavily concentrated in and very specialized by region, according to a new analysis by Scott Pennington of the Martin Prosperity Institute. Eighty-five percent of the headquarters of the largest companies in the U.S. and Canada are concentrated in a dozen or so mega-regions.
The economic crisis continues to reshape our economic geography. Job losses at restructured automakers GM and Chrysler have been highly concentrated in older Rustbelt centers as this NYT map shows.
Manpower CEO, Jeff Joerres talks to the Financial Times about the crisis and the possibility of a new brain drain in the U.S. and Europe.