|Innovation Districts - The Development Trend of the Future
by Alvin S. "Spud" Mistr, Jr., PE, Consultant, KBJW Group
There is a growing trend in metropolitan areas to create Innovation Districts as a means of attracting world-class developments and fostering technology driven jobs growth. The goal is to create a walkable urban community that merges a cultural focus on innovation, research, and entrepreneurship with amenity-rich commercial and residential environments that support collaboration. In the U.S. alone there are more than a dozen major projects including Boston, San Antonio, Seattle, and Nashville as well as midsize and even neighborhood efforts. To fully encompass this concept, community leaders must understand that an Innovation District is a process not a project. It is an ongoing approach to benefit the entire community.