Cities could partner with property owners and incentivize them to ensure clean and safe homes, streets, and workspaces with logical standards for an entrepreneurial community at reasonable, all-inclusive market rates. Homes and workspaces would be outfitted with wifi, telephones, and a computers—the basic tools—as well as electricity, air-conditioning, heat, and hot water. Shared conference, meeting rooms, and workspaces would also be provided at the all-inclusive price. Property-owners would enjoy tax breaks for participating in the program, and a management company would organize all the details of the package.
This is part 25 of a continuing brainstorm on the future of cities, inaugurated at the CEOs for Cities Velocity 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. Tomorrow’s idea: Opportunity Match-making.