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Expert Voices Live: Is the Suburb the New City?

20 thought leaders join Axios Chief Technology Correspondent Ina Fried for a discussion on the future of work and transportation.
20 thought leaders join Axios' Ina Fried for breakfast to discuss the future of work and transportation. Photo: Shane Karns

Axios Chief Technology Correspondent Ina Fried hosted a roundtable discussion in Santa Monica last week on the future of cities, work and transportation. Expert voices talked about the future, while coming together in a space that spoke to the past. The breakfast event took place at The Independence, which was named after the Los Angeles railroad that crossed the city in the 1800s.

20 startup founders, government representatives, business leaders, urban planners, academics and real estate executives joined us.

Here are a few of the topics they covered:

  • The future of autonomous vehicles and how to plan for their rollout
  • Government’s role in regulating new technologies
  • How some forms of innovation can negatively impact disadvantaged communities 
  • How to measure the success of city development — with metrics ranging from economic growth to public health

Thank you to all the participants who joined us, and thank you, Dell, for sponsoring the event.

Expert Voices Live participants in conversation.
Ms. Chitra Thankaswamy--Dell's Vice President of Global Marketing--speaks on behalf of Dell, as Mr. David Lu--Clarity Movement Co.'s Co-Founder & CEO--listens in. Photo: Shane Karns
Ina Friend and event participants listening.
Axios Chief Technology Correspondent Ina Fried sandwiched by other Expert Voices. Photo: Shane Karns
Event participants eating a family-style breakfast.
Thought leaders discuss the future of work and transportation over a family-style breakfast. Photo: Shane Karns
Ms. Suzi Emmerling--the Communications Director for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti--gives her perspective. Photo: Shane Karns
The Mayor of Lawndale, California Mr. Robert Pullen-Miles chimes in. Photo: Shane Karns
Guests continue the conversation after breakfast as they mix and mingle at Independence Tavern. Photo: Shane Karns
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