But in the attempt to make New York a 21st century city, we tend to compare it with other up-and-coming international cities, such as Bangalore and Guangzhou. We need a Mid-Atlantic Silicon Valley.
Since New York does have excellent health care, it attracts hundreds of millions of dollars annually. That enough is a lure for big universities like Cornell and Stanford to apply for a tract of land that would become home to an applied sciences and engineering campus as well as about $100 million to spur R&D. It could happen in the Brooklyn Navy Yards, on Roosevelt Island or even in the South Bronx.
Take for example, the Sunshine Business incubator, a workspace of the future where independent professionals of all kinds pay a monthly rental fee to be able to draw upon the skills of people in and outside their field (the web developer helps the ad man who asks the lawyer questions, etc.). This kind of co-op has already become the model for many freelancers and small businesses and is leading to a more interdisciplinary approach of working together.
With that in mind, can you imagine how a 21st century New York City works?