Guest essay piece written by Steven Overman for Rochester’s Democrat & Chronicle.
Where will future big ideas and new ventures come from, when global creative capitals like New York, San Francisco, London and Tokyo are increasingly unaffordable for the young creative risk-takers who drive the next wave, the next economic paradigm?
When I think about the future, I see a different urban model. A human-scaled, liveable place, where existing structures are continuously re-adapted for new purposes including light manufacturing, the production of sustainable energy, and social enterprises. I see vibrant markets for sustainably grown food, an education magnet with lively universities and colleges that specialize in future sources of value, expertise in engineering, creativity, science, healthcare. I see an ecosystem of established companies, family businesses ,and entrepreneurial ventures, all thriving, competing, collaborating, and nurturing each other. I see Rochester.