This week, we bring you another edition of #GoodReads shared by the Innovation Teams (i-teams), a cohort of in-house innovation consultants in cities across the United States and Israel that are developing and deploying bold ideas to tackle the biggest issues facing city governments.

Team members shared articles exploring a variety of issues, from the importance of the creative economy in New York City’s economic rebound to the story of a Dutch town that went all-in on bike infrastructure.

Moneyball for Government - By Peter Orszag and Jim Nussle

An i-team member in Syracuse, NY recommended this book, saying:

Almost finished reading “Moneyball for Government” - it’s a pretty quick read with essays from former and current government staff and elected representatives making the case for using data and information to evaluate government programs' effectiveness. Most of this will not be too new to people here, but it’s a great reminder, and nice to read about people from all political ideologies supporting this course of work.

Resetting and Reimagining New York City’s Economy - By Richard Florida, CityLab

This article discusses the findings of a recent study titled, “New York City: The Great Reset”, which explores the City’s astonishing rebound following the economic crisis of 2007. With this growing economic success, however, came consequences for low-income people: rising inequality, displacement, and a shortage of affordable housing. It was only after looking closely at multiple sources of data that the causes of these trends became more clear.

An i-team member in Long Beach, CA had this to say about the article:

This recent report from Richard Florida about NYC is a good example of how the Investigation Phase (the phase of the i-team approach in which teams move from broad priority areas to specific challenges, learning deeply about the causes of these challenges and determining how to measure progress) can often surface surprises. It surprised us in our investigation of Long Beach!

How Groningen invented a cycling template for cities all over the world - By Renate van der Zee, The Guardian

An i-team member in Tel Aviv, Israel recommended this article, saying:

We are looking at cities with high bike use and low car use - to reduce cost of transportation. We came across Groningen in which - “61% of all trips… are made by bicycle, rising to more than 70% for trips made to educational institutions”.

Interestingly, many of the measures they took to increase bike use started “way back” in the 70’s when cars were dominant in the transportation world - quite bold. Today there is a need in Groningen to balance cyclists and pedestrians and even PT stations and buses are being taken out from bits of the city center. The city is also looking more and more at technology to help increase bike use with heated cycle paths and traffic lights with rain sensors.

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