The Case for Bold Action in Cities

A man rides a bicycle as another walks during the Car and Motorcycle Free Day in Medellin, Colombia, on April 23, 2019. (JOAQUIN SARMIENTO/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
July 29, 2019
By Josh Sorin

Because cities are the most trusted unit of government they have more latitude to push the boundaries and engage in the experimentation necessary to achieve breakthrough innovations.

And we're seeing evidence of this across the world, where more and more cities are innovating with intention to solve their biggest problems, which have previously been viewed as intractable. Take for example the challenge of homelessness, which is affecting cities across the world. With support from the Built for Zero program, three cities across the U.S. have ended homelessness through the application of proven strategies and real-time data.