Greg Lindsay — The Urban Moment
The New Cities Summit in Jakarta started with a keynote presentation by Greg Lindsay, Senior Fellow, Mobility Initiative at the New Cities Foundation. Mr. Lindsay emphasized the fact that the urban century is largely an Asian phenomenon, and that it is just getting started: many Asian countries such as India and Vietnam still have urbanization rates well below 50 percent. However this is changing quickly — within a few decades, the landmass of cities worldwide will triple, representing an astounding acceleration of urbanization. Mr. Lindsay represented this challenge of urbanization as a "wicked problem," meaning that it cannot be solved, just managed. Mr. Lindsay concluded by highlighting a number of important challenges facing cities, notably transportation. He cited Mitchell L. Moss's study showing that in New York City, transportation is the primary factor determining access to job opportunities: "Having a transit card is more important than having a college education."