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April 12, 2014

Getting to Know the Real Fargo - Joel Kotkin, New Geography

This week the coastal crowd will get another opportunity to laugh at the zany practices of those living in the frozen reaches of the Great Plains. The new television series “...

April 10, 2014

How to Curb Gentrification - Julia Wong, In These Times

In 2011, Mustafa Solomon, a 57-year old African-American photographer, was served eviction papers. He’d lived in the same apartment in North Oakland for more than 15 years. N...

April 9, 2014

Why Infrastructure Projects Cost So Much - Scott Beyer, Atlantic Cities

This past February, while declaring that infrastructure shouldn't be politicized, President Obama underscored its increasingly ideological nature in the United States. "Infrastruct...

April 8, 2014

The Partisan Geography of Inequality - Michael Zuckerman, Atlantic Cities

Few issues these days set Democrats apart from Republicans more than income inequality, and the Democratic leadership has made it a signature issue. Can we trace back some of ...

April 4, 2014

Do Cities Make Some of Us Crazy? - Jared Keller, Pacific Standard

Americans’ love affair with cities has never been stronger. Drawn by vibrant culture and commerce, more than eight of 10 of us live in a city now, and the latest census figur...

April 3, 2014

Do Parking Fees Discourage Driving? - Amy H. Auchincloss et al., PWMP

Researchers and practitioners who are interested in whether low parking costs may play a role in skewing travel toward the private automobile and away from transit have been hamper...

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April 2, 2014

The Poor Need Better Access to Cars - Rolf Pendall et al., Urban Institute

In the 1990s and early 2000s, the Department of Housing and Urban Development sponsored two major experiments to test whether housing choice vouchers propelled low-income household...

March 27, 2014

Is Time on Detroit's Side? - Steve Eide, Public Sector Inc.

Cate Long is right. The 15 month timetable artificially imposed on Detroit’s bankruptcy is showing strain. While negotiations with retirees, swap counterparties, bond insurer...

March 25, 2014

The Rail Renaissance Is Under Threat - Marc Scribner, CEI

America’s freight railroad industry is one of the greatest success stories of economic liberalization. After decades of stifling regulation that nearly brought the railroads ...

March 25, 2014

What Detroit Wants From Washington - Margaret Carlson, Bloomberg View

Don’t send money, Washington.That's what Republican Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan said today at a journalist roundtable with Bloomberg View. When asked about the U.S. send...

March 14, 2014

Children Don't Sustain Cities - Froma Harrop, Creators

Disapproving of white urban liberals can be a career for right-leaning sociologists. A decade or two ago, their story was that the American future lay in fast-growing exurban count...

March 14, 2014

The Surprising Cost of 311 Hotlines - Tod Newcombe, Governing

As the Great Recession took its toll on Buffalo, N.Y., the city government decided to staunch decay and neglect by targeting its limited resources on the neighborhoods with th...

March 13, 2014

Bringing Free Enterprise to Detroit - Mattie Duppler, The Federalist

Is Detroit doomed? This is the question America has been asking even before it entered bankruptcy proceedings in July of last year, and an answer may be coming soon. Last month, th...

March 13, 2014

Repeat Municipal Bankruptcy: Two Candidates - S. Greenhut, Public Sector

When Vallejo, Calif., was facing bankruptcy, pension reformers warned officials there that unless the city takes the opportunity to trim back pensions for current employees that it...

March 13, 2014

America's Most Unequal Metros - Jed Kolko, The Atlantic Cities

Income inequality has been growing in America, driven by technology, globalization, and other factors. It’s caused tensions between the haves and have-nots, which often get p...

March 11, 2014

America's Mass Transit Resurgence - Jenny Xie, The Atlantic Cities

So it’s official: Americans are choosing public transportation in record numbers. The American Public Transportation Association announced this morning that the U.S...

March 11, 2014

Detroit Doesn't Need Hipsters - Ashley Woods, Huffington Post

Last month, Thomas Sugrue, the scholar who literally wrote the book on Detroit, traveled to the Motor City to deliver a tough message to business and political leaders. Detroit's c...

March 11, 2014

San Francisco's Growing Class Conflict - Scott Beyer, The American

Recent opposition to two new private transportation services in San Francisco illustrates the city’s growing class conflict. But rather than discouraging these alternatives, ...

March 8, 2014

For Cities, Inequality and Mobility Can Go Together - Emily Ekins, Reason

The Brookings Institute is out with a newreport identifying America’s most unequal cities. Interestingly, many of these happen to be the same cities Harvard economists identifi...

March 8, 2014

When Seniors Create Their Own Communities - Tod Newcombe, Governing

Why do people live in cities? Well, obviously, there are a lot of reasons, from work opportunities to cultural amenities. But for our purposes, one of the reasons is independence. ...

March 7, 2014

Urban Planning 101 - Wendell Cox, New Geography

Former World Bank principal planner Alain Bertaud has performed an important service that should provide a much needed midcourse correction to urban planning around the world. Bert...

March 6, 2014

Cities Are Too Afraid to Discourage Driving - Emily Badger, Atlantic Cities

The morning I wrote this I took public transportation to work. I hopped on the bus around the corner from my house, then the train for a few stops farther. I took mass transit beca...

March 4, 2014

Why Startups Have Soared in Denver - Sheryll Poe, Chamber of Commerce

Over 150 years ago, a group of gold prospectors from Lawrence, Kansas hunkered down on the banks of the South Platte River in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains to pan for spe...

February 25, 2014

Detroit's Bankruptcy: Revenge of the 99% - Natasha Loder, The Economist

WHEN the news broke Friday that the bankrupt city of Detroit had filed its “plan of adjustment” for its creditors, many reacted with shock and horror. "A gut punch" is ...

February 22, 2014

Chicago's Commuting Penalty for Blacks - Emily Badger, Atlantic Cities

Economic geographers have come up with a number of sophisticated ways of measuring the "spatial mismatch" between jobs and housing that occurs in any city when those esse...

February 21, 2014

There's Something About Cities and Suicide - Olga Khazan, The Atlantic

As more people move to a city, you’d expect about a one-to-one increase in shirts being worn, for instance, or the number of house keys issued. If something doubles as population...

February 21, 2014

Make Big Cities Bigger - Reihan Salam, National Review Online

Some U.S. cities are more unequal than others. That much is pretty obvious. What is interesting, however, is that it is the country’s most dynamic, economically vibrant big citie...

February 21, 2014

America's Biggest Cities Are Its Most Unequal - Alan Berube, Brookings

In December 2013, President Obama gave a speech on economic mobility, in which he called income inequality and lack of upward mobility “the defining challenge of our time.”...

February 20, 2014

A Vision for New Orleans - Joel Kotkin, Greater New Orleans, Inc.

The recovery of greater New Orleans represents one of the great urban achievements of our era. After decades of slow economic, political and social decline, hurricane Katrina seeme...

February 19, 2014

The Danger of Hydrogen Cars - Naveena Sadasivam, ProPublica

It was just before 3 p.m. on a Thursday afternoon and traffic was moving smoothly on the Pomona Freeway, about 20 miles outside downtown Los Angeles. Suddenly, a truck carrying com...

February 18, 2014

The Manhattanization of Cities - James Frank Dy Zarsadiaz, Atlantic Cities

Cities are transforming, and it's palpable. The reliable no-frills coffeehouse shut down and two months later, there's an artisan bakery selling baguettes for $6. Your favorite bar...

February 14, 2014

Why 'Gayborhoods' Matter - Richard Florida, The Atlantic Cities

For the world premiere of HBO’s Looking, the new show about the lives of three gay men in the Bay Area, the cable network turned to one of the epicenters of gay culture in perh...

February 14, 2014

The Slowdown in Suburban Sprawl - Payton Chung, Greater Washington

The rate of suburban sprawl peaked in the mid-1990s and has declined by two-thirds since then, even through the giant housing boom. Could this quiet change in land use have caused ...

February 6, 2014

Is Gentrification All Bad? - Justin Davidson, New York

Gentrification: New Yorkers can sense it immediately. It plumes out of Darling Coffee, on Broadway and 207th Street, and mingles with the live jazz coming from the Garden Caf&eacut...

February 3, 2014

The Bay Bridge: Too Big to Fail? - Debra Saunders, San Francisco Chronicle

If the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge were a football team, the coach would have been fired; the quarterback would have been dropped from the team; and the remaining athletes wou...

January 29, 2014

The 'Peak Travel' Theory Hits a Few Bumps - Steve LeVine, Quartz

A popular new narrative has it that a pillar of the American rite-of-passage—the urge to drive—is passé. According to the theory of “peak travel,...

January 29, 2014

Getting Suburbanites to Go Urban - Mathis & Smith, The Atlantic Cities

Scott Smith isn't going to be mayor of this city for much longer. In early January, ending months of speculation, he officially announced he's running for governor of Arizona....

January 27, 2014

Corporate Welfare Can't Save Detroit - Shikha Dalmia, Reason

While the rest of the country remains focused on Detroit’s bankruptcy travails, the big story in the city itself is the group of private investors who are attempting an ambit...

January 25, 2014

Gentrification Isn't Bad for the Poor - Tim Fernholz, Quartz

San Francisco, thanks to outrage over swarming tech workers and rising rents, has become the symbol of gentrification’s ills. But San Francisco’s unique situation ...

January 24, 2014

Five Extreme Weather Threats to American Cities - Kasper & Weiss, CAP

Weather events have been dominating the news recently thanks to the “polar vortex” that caused record cold temperatures across the nation. But just a few months ago, th...

January 18, 2014

Will Self-Driving Cars Kill Public Transit? - Emily Badger, Atlantic Cities

The great promise of autonomous cars is not that we could each own one in our own driveway – the 21st century's version of owning your own Model T, or your own color TV, or y...

January 17, 2014

How Cities Disguise the Fact They're Broke - Steven Malanga, Bloomberg

The State Budget Crisis Task Force declared this week that U.S. local governments remain beset by “fiscal instability,” and called for reforms to eliminate bu...

January 16, 2014

How to Fix Air Traffic Control - Robert W. Poole Jr., Hudson Institute

America's air traffic control system—long viewed as the world's most advanced—has failed to keep pace with modern information and communications technologies and has fallen beh...

January 14, 2014

Sell the George Washington Bridge, Governor Christie - Ira Stoll, NY Sun

It’s going to take Governor Christie more than a confessional press conference and the firing of some aides to rescue his presidential hopes in 2016 and restore public confid...

January 14, 2014

How to Make Cities Happier Places - Sarah Goodyear, The Atlantic Cities

Researchers have been studying the relationship between mental health and urban green spacefor years, but they haven’t always been able to make a causal connection ...

January 10, 2014

How to Build a Tech Economy - Richard Florida, The Atlantic Cities

Technological innovation is a key factor – if not the key factor – in economic growth and job generation. But in today’s knowledge economy, the capacity to innovate and g...

January 10, 2014

Comparing City and County Per Capita Incomes - Aaron Renn, Urbanophile

January 10, 2014

'Enterprise Zones' Don't Work - Bruce Bartlett, The Fiscal Times

On Wednesday, President Obama endorsed the idea of “promise zones,” a variation of the old Republican idea of enterprise zones. These new zones—located in San Ant...

May 3, 2013

Pressured by Congress, States Picking Up Amtrak Subsidies

May 1, 2013

Obama Knocks Republicans Over Poor U.S. Airport Rankings

April 30, 2013


April 30, 2013

Obama Announces Charlotte Mayor Fox as Transportation Pick

March 1, 2013

Amtrak: Record Traffic in 2012

February 25, 2013

Virginia GOP Governor Raises Taxes for Transportation Plans

February 20, 2013

Congress Looks for Road Funds

February 13, 2013

Ray LaHood Defends Obama's Passenger Rail Plans