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CitySolver
CitySolver  
9/12/2014 11:00:11 AM
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WiFI
I did not know it was so far up the scale of quality but then again I ahve never ben to Vienna, poor me! As far as Wifi is concerned it should be easy to rectify. If there is so much green space surely these are corridors for signals to communicate to each other and create a WiFi network. There are no skyscrapers in he way like in US cities.

Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
9/5/2014 6:30:20 PM
User Rank Blogger
Let's diversify
Interesting snapshot of eastern Austria's urban gem. Near as I can tell, they need to do something to broaden their economy beyond tourism, manufacturing and a "professional services" sector largely tied to banking and legal services for former Soviet bloc countries or regions. Any idea what their plan is there, whether through seed money or tax incentives to attract investment?

Kim Davis
Kim Davis  
9/5/2014 2:25:43 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Link to job creation?
I regret to say I've never been to Vienna, but it is good to read about a city which is in this for the long haul.

Amy Rogers Nazarov
Amy Rogers Nazarov  
9/5/2014 10:30:49 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Link to job creation?
Hello Boyd: Thanks for the post. I have only been to Vienna once, 16 years ago, but I absolutely loved it. Did you get a sense of how the city's current and future economic metrics - unemployment numbers, for example, or budgetary surplus/deficit - are shaped by or give shape to these three goals? For example, is there room in the plan for a spike in unemployment given a recession, or for recovery from a severe weather event a la Hurricane Sandy? How on earth do pols and others build in protection from that kind of unexpected event?

 

kq4ym
kq4ym  
9/5/2014 9:07:39 AM
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Predicting The Future
Vienna's plans are indeed laudible. Trying to increase the city's quality of life, while watching our for the environment can only  be good things of course. What makes me nervouse though is the frailty of a 35 year look into the future. As politics change, and money and needs changes over decades, there must be some provision to adapt to those changing situations but still keeping with a sensible look to improving life for all citizens over the long term.

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