CSU Urban Development Guru Ned Hill,
Connecting the Dots Nobody Else Sees
'I consider economic development the art of connecting the dots that nobody else sees.'
--Cleveland-based urban development guru Ned Hill, while being interviewed recently on Smart City Radio. We recommend you listen to the whole thing, because it's full of insight and aha! moments, and serves as a vivid reminder of why Ned has a national reputation. While you're at it, you might also give a listen to this equally stimulating SCR interview with writer Alex Kotlowitz, who expands on his Fast Company article about Chicago, which we recently noted here. In the interview, Alex admits to being an eternal optimist by the very nature of his work. "The very act of writing is an act of hope," he says. He won't get an argument from us on that.