Innovation in Binghamton

The Globe and Mail recently published a book review about David Sloan Wilson’s new book, The Neighborhood Project: Using Evolution to Improve My City, One Block at a Time (the NYT has also reviewed the book here and here).  Wilson is a biology and anthropology professor at the State University of New York, Binghamton (which is about 2 hours from Geneva).

It seems that Wilson is arguing that evolutionary theory can help us to better understand cities and how to improve our communities.  A couple of years ago, he helped to launched the Binghamton Neighborhood Project to apply these ideas on the ground.  The projects range from parks to religion.  While the book reviews are generally favourable, I don’t really understand the link between evolution and cities.  It’s always great to have a fresh look at things, so I might need to add this book to my reading list.