We have entered the urban century. In 2000 45% of the world’s population lived in cities. Dramatic urban growth will push us over the 50% mark this year. My presentation will show that Portland is the prototype for this future. Portland’s ½ million people demonstrate how the education, employment and services of a dense urban existence yield a higher standard of living and quality of life. The 18 million inhabitants of Shanghai are now proving out many of these practices at scale. I will make the case that the emergent global urban culture with its resource efficiencies and low birth rates will prove to be our planets salvation.
Chris Logan is an entrepreneur living in Portland. A veteran of the high tech industry, Chris founded and ran several venture-funded startups and held executive positions with established companies like Avaya (a spin out of AT&T).