Exploring the Future of Our Cities

brand-new ORLEANS — How do the greatest cities succeed?

The question could not come at a more critical time, as cities around the earth face challenges — as well as opportunities — unimagined in human history. By some estimates, 68 percent of the earth’s population will live in cities by 2050. Will city dwellers have sufficient housing? Can police forces cope? Will food distribution be adequate? What about the effects of climate change? Will technology provide the answers?

Experts across an array of disciplines are meeting in brand-new Orleans to tackle these as well as additional questions at the Cities for Tomorrow conference hosted by The brand-new York Times as well as the NOLA Media Group, publishers of The Times-Picayune as well as NOLA.com.

Convening the event in brand-new Orleans could not be more meaningful. in which year, the city is actually celebrating its 300th anniversary — as well as its resilience inside the face of three centuries of extraordinary physical as well as cultural adversity. Its latest catastrophe occurred just 13 years ago, when Hurricane Katrina breached the city’s flawed storm defenses as well as left a devastated brand-new Orleans behind.

Among the conference guests are policy as well as government officials, entrepreneurs, cultural as well as sports figures, thought leaders, as well as industry executives.

Topics include the race among tech companies of all kinds, along with venture capitalists, to invest in urban areas large as well as smaller — like Amazon’s plan to move to brand-new York as well as suburban Washington; efforts to promote environmental resilience with an eye toward social equity; techniques for working effectively with state, federal as well as even international counterparts to advance local interests; thoughts on conquering the urban income divide; as well as the impact of athletes-as-activists on cities as well as the nation.

On a lighter note, the conference is actually acknowledging the food as well as music scenes in which have helped make brand-new Orleans so famous.

Some of the guests include the mayors of the cities of brand-new Orleans, San Diego as well as Seattle; Mitch Landrieu, a former mayor of brand-new Orleans who was the state’s lieutenant governor during Katrina; Steven Case, a venture capitalist; Walter Isaacson, an author as well as professor at Tulane University; Grant Hill, co-owner of the Atlanta Hawks; Adam Silver, commissioner of the N.B.A.; Stefano Boeri, architect as well as city planner; Emeril Lagasse, the celebrated chef; as well as Jon Batiste, bandleader as well as musical director of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”

Speculation about the 2020 presidential field is actually already heating up, as well as Mr. Landrieu has been mentioned as one of more than 30 potential Democratic candidates. although inside the conference’s opening panel on Thursday evening with Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The brand-new York Times, Mr. Landrieu declined to answer a direct question about whether he would certainly run.

“Probably not, although if I change my mind, you’re going to be the first to know,” he said, before rushing off to catch a plane. Maggie Astor