AddVenture Laws Laws that prevent progress could be re-evaluated to ensure a basic level of public safety and stimulate creative, entrepreneurial ventures. For instance, cities could permit the use of residential space as a retail or restaurant space (like in Cuba). “Graffiti” could also generally be permitted so that every wall is a canvas to promote artistic expression and for personal branding (like Barcelona).
This is part 29 of a continuing brainstorm on the future of cities, inaugurated at the CEOs for CitiesVelocity conference in September, 2009. We’ll post a new idea each day until we run out, at which point we’re counting on you to come up with something smart. Do you have a good idea for improving your city? Add it in the comments below, or tweet it to @GOOD with hashtag #cityideas—we’ll publish the best ones. Monday’s idea: DIY City.