Scott Shackford Attends the CityLab Conference on Urban Leadership


John Zimmer

If you're expecting a conference kicked off by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to discuss the many, many innovative ways city governments can intervene and meddle with their citizens' lives and claim this is for their own benefit, you would be right. Reason's Scott Shackford attended the two-day CityLab conference, bringing mayors and city leaders from across the world to Los Angeles. While there was, indeed, conference after conference about leaders finding ways to be more involved in the lives of its citizens, there's a greater recognition that leaders can't really control consumer behavior as the "sharing economy" grows and expands into more services and that cities need to be more flexible to allow for completely new and different systems of manufacturing to take hold.