"The basic idea is that commuters would be allowed to purchase a dollar amount of transit (say, $500 a month) and then use their phones or computers to order transit in the way they might a pizza."
"Eat everything. If we redefine our diet to include more rotational crops, he said, we help ecology produce healthier and better-tasting foods. And stop puffing about how often you purchase dinner fixings from a small grower at the farmer’s market—it’s really the mid-level growers in America that need a boost."
"One Airbnb user wanted to open her home to people for free, an option that that the service didn’t accommodate at that time. So Airbnb changed the system, and at the same time, introduced a disaster-response service for cities that experience natural disasters. The sharing economy can be useful for the mega-events that cities can plan for, as well as the ones for which they can’t."
"Systemic forces are at work on a scale that dwarfs consumer preferences. The St. Louis region, for example, spent more than $2 billion between 1990 and 2007 subsidizing retail development, in the hopes of luring in national chains. The net job gain during that period was 5,400 jobs, meaning the region spent (at a minimum) $370,000 per retail job created."
"It’s good business to map the favelas."