Despite the many advantages of global communication, people proximately located share technologies and knowledge more easily and implement innovations more rapidly than those spread across geographies. Much entrepreneurial work is done outside of the traditional workplace; creative workers spend as much as half of their work schedules somewhere other than their office. The Innovation District – 1,000 acres of residential, commercial, and industrial space along the South Boston Waterfront – will help ensure Boston’s continued leadership in the innovation economy. Mayor Menino’s belief is that even with the “death of distance”, place will matter more than ever for innovation and that a strategy for clustering companies, providing new housing models, and investing in physical and social infrastructure will foster job growth and the development of innovative products and services. Careful attention to the design of this area, its buildings and landscapes is critical to the success of this initiative, not only in attracting new businesses and residents but also in facilitating discoveries, inventions, and product development that will be a driver for economic growth in the region.

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