What works in city governance and urban administration

Atlantis Underground is a personal notebook of my observations and analysis of best-practices in urban governance, legal system entrepreneurship, and city-scale energy management, food, communications, and security infrastructure. I’m also interested in alternate/innovative approaches that may not have hit the academic literature or public policy circuit.

I’m curious about how peer-to-peer and distributed technologies can enhance¬†the urban experience that people crave – a thriving, safe, and prosperous community ¬†(at least that’s what I want) – especially in cities where the state apparatus lacks capacity to reliably provide public services, justice, or security.

I’m also seeking examples of excellent urban management. I want to connect with the people responsible, and discover what makes the difference and why. I focus on structural and systemic incentives, looking for ways to effectively align interests to deliver real quality of life.