Innovation relies on ideas and methodology that have already been tested. It takes those ideas and methodologies and pushes them to new understandings and ground-breaking discoveries. Innovation drives our American economy in the twenty-first century, and historic buildings have increasingly become the birthplace of leading innovation and technology.
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This week’s edition of The Economist magazine has an informative article about urban revitalization in St. Louis. In a city with a turbulent history of racial segregation and housing discrimination, and one The Economist calls “one of the country’s most troubled,” the article describes signs of hope in the form of Millennial in-migration and successful educational efforts in the city’s most challenged neighborhoods. At the heart of these trends the article highlights a public/private innovation district named Cortex Innovation Community being developed—and thriving—in a formerly abandoned industrial area between Washington and St. Louis Universities.