The 2013 Future Cities; Livable Futures: Symposium in Cincinnati, Ohio explored the future of urban life, and how to sustainably and equitably develop urban areas. With the majority of the world’s population now living in cities, new challenges have arisen in development and sustainability. The symposium examined the issues surrounding development in urban locations. Cincinnati is a mid-sized city and experts predict that cities of 300,000 to one million people are the cities of the future. Cincinnati faces challenges and opportunities in common with other cities across the country and the globe and serves as a city with a rich history to learn from.
In mega-cities, the environmental, social and developmental barriers to sustainable growth stand exponentially higher and are further entrenched than in midsized cities. However, problems such as transportation, housing, employment and social equality can also lead to opportunities rather than setbacks. If these issues can be approached sustainably before infrastructure hardens around them, it sets the stage for later inclusive, stable growth. The purpose of Future Cities; Livable Futures is to open a dialogue about the future.