Sony's empty 'City in a Box': "While Sony once billed Metreon as 'a place this town can learn from and grow up with,' the lesson it teaches is one that big business keeps forgetting: Successful cities have a life of their own. Careful packaging is no substitute for a festive street or neighborhood. The urban experience can't be reduced to a formula, not even by a corporate monolith with an $85 million construction budget." <via flutterby>