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December 3, 2014

How Cities Can Track Their Emissions - Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow, Next City

This Friday, at the UN conference in Lima, delegates will discuss yet again how their countries might finally reach an agreement to address climate change. But one presentation, by...

December 2, 2014

Cities Can Fight 'Secular Stagnation' - Richard Florida, CityLab

After three-plus years of slow growth, persistently high unemployment, and perennially low consumer confidence, former Treasury Secretary and Harvard economics professor Larry Summ...

November 25, 2014

Suburbs: Not Just for Whites Anymore - William H. Frey, The New Republic

The classic image of an American metropolis was that of a polyglot city surrounded by mostly white suburbs—the “chocolate city/vanilla suburbs” of the 1950s and 1...

November 18, 2014

The Progressives' War on Suburbia - Joel Kotkin, New Geography

You are a political party, and you want to secure the electoral majority. But what happens, as is occurring to the Democrats, when the damned electorate that just won’t live ...

November 11, 2014

The Geography of Super-Charged Startup Cities - Richard Florida, CityLab

The location of startup companies is a key indicator of innovation, entrepreneurship and economic growth. But not all startups are created equal. What distinguishes leading-edge st...

Most Recent Articles

November 10, 2014

Are Big Cities Really Expensive? - Handbury & Weinstein, VoxEU

It’s a common perception that big cities are expensive. This column argues that most of the variation in prices across cities can be attributed to flaws in the conventional i...

November 10, 2014

San Fran's Progressive Policies Are Hurting the Poor - Scott Beyer, Reason

In recent years, a contradiction has unfolded in San Francisco. On the one hand, the city continues to practice progressive economic policies. But rather than helping its poor and ...

November 8, 2014

Stockton Bankruptcy Ruling: How Bad Is It? - Steven Greenhut, Reason

When it comes to pension reform, I've long been a pessimist given the realities in the Capitol and courts. A federal judge's decision in part two of the Stockton bankrupt...

November 4, 2014

We Need a Per-Mile Driving Fee - Eric Jaffe, CityLab

The Highway Trust Fund that pays for America's roads narrowly avoidedbankruptcy this summer, but it's already in trouble again. In August, after the latest budget pa...

November 4, 2014

'Urban Renewal' Destroys Neighborhoods - A. Barton Hinkle, Reason

One of the unspoken reasons behind Richmond, Virginia’s deal with Stone Brewing goes back to the old pottery-shop rule: You break it, you buy it. The city—with a hefty ...

November 3, 2014

The Promise of Self-Driving Buses - Lindsay & Townsend, Quartz

The self-driving car has traveled a long and lonely road to get here. Introduced to the American public by General Motors at the 1939 New York World’s Fair, the Depression-er...

November 3, 2014

Don't Call It Gentrification - Liam O'Donoghue & James Tracy, Salon

In the early 1990s, a punk rock kid named James Tracy moved from the gritty North Bay city of Vallejo to nearby San Francisco and got a job driving a delivery truck for a thrift st...

November 1, 2014

How to Tackle Growing Suburban Poverty - Amanda Kolson Hurley, CityLab

Think of a nonprofit that serves the poor, and the first image that comes to mind will likely be distinctly urban: an old, brick YMCA building, maybe with a neon sign announcing it...

October 31, 2014

The Case for Selling Air Rights - Scott Beyer, Pacific Standard

MARTA, the regional transit service in Atlanta, Georgia, would not be anyone’s initial idea of a solvent government agency. Operating without state funding, it runs four...

October 31, 2014

Where Does the Creative Class Move? - Richard Florida, CityLab

America’s economic and social fabric has been remade over time through a series of great migrations: settlers heading west; farmers and new immigrants to great industrial cen...

October 29, 2014

Are Large Cities Less Green? - Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow, Next City

What, practically speaking, is a city? The answer to that question is crucial for the growing number of researchers who want to examine cities through a scientific lens &...

October 29, 2014

FHA Policies Discourage Density - Scott Beyer, Governing

After decades of suburban flight, the city is king again. Economists view it as essential for sparking innovation and growth. Environmentalists consider it key to getting people ou...

October 27, 2014

How Self-Driving Cars Will Change Infrastructure - Adam Ozimek, Forbes

Every new technology has skeptics at first, and self-driving cars are no exception. I am fully willing to hear these skeptics out, but the most common complaints today are jus...

October 25, 2014

Data Is Transforming Cities - Aaron M. Renn, City Journal

From the healthcare.gov debacle to the Veterans Administration scandal to the bungled Ebola response, Americans have good reason to be pessimistic about the competence of governmen...

October 24, 2014

Building Roads Just Makes People Drive More - Joseph Stromberg, Vox

For people who are constantly stuck in traffic jams, it seems like there should be an obvious solution — just widen the roads....

October 22, 2014

Rich Whites Try to Secede From Baton Rouge - Diana Eromosele, The Root

The rich, white folk who live in Baton Rouge, La., want to secede and form their own town called St. George....

October 22, 2014

Introducing the 'Quantified Community' - Brian Libby, CityLab

By the time Constantine Kontokosta got involved with New York City's Hudson Yards development, it was already on track to be historically big and ambitious....

October 21, 2014

D.C.: The Next Silicon Valley? - Michael Hendrix, Chamber Foundation

Washington, DC is now one of America's leading laboratories of innovation. Our federal city has more opportunity for growth than ever before. How did it get there? What's the city ...

October 20, 2014

The Emptying of New York City - Henry Grabar, Salon

In the past century, urban Americans have lived out a Goldilocks fable of urban density. In the tubercular ghettoes, we had it too high; we had it too low in the exurban wastelands...

October 20, 2014

Where the Advanced Degrees Are - Richey Piiparinen et al., CPD

In 1963, nearly 75% of America’s top 50 companies owned and extracted natural resources1. By 2013, only 20% of top firms were natural resource-based. Today, knowledge-focused...

October 20, 2014

Big Cities Are Job Generators - Richard Florida, CityLab

The fallout from the Great Recession continues to reset America’s economic geography....

October 18, 2014

Six Pro-Pedestrian Intersection Designs - Rachel Dovey, Next City

Crosswalks and signals are supposed to make walkers safe as they step off the curb, but a tragic example from New York City last month shows that pedestrian infrastructure just isn...

October 18, 2014

The Conservative Case Against the Suburbs - Charles Marohn, AmCon

In his recent column, “Why Suburbia Irks Some Conservatives,” the prominent urban geographer Joel Kotkin creates and then slays a number of straw men in defense of subu...

October 16, 2014

NYC: Best Mass Transit in the Country? - Jacob Anbinder, RealClearPolicy

New York's transit system is the lifeblood of America's largest metropolis. Comprising subways, commuter trains, and ferries, it's famously vast, and millions of commuters rely upo...

October 16, 2014

Bicyclists: Keep 'Em Separated - Matthew Hennessey, City Journal

In Here Is New York, his 1949 love letter to the city, essayist E. B. White called Gotham “the concentrate of art and commerce and sport and religion and finance, bringi...

October 16, 2014

Why Is D.C. Expensive? Blame Congress - Kriston Capps, CityLab

A September housing report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is making the rounds this week after The Washington Post published its findings on the ...

October 16, 2014

Open Data for Big Cities - Alisha Green, Sunlight Foundation

Houston recently joined the rest of the top-five largest cities in the country in having an open data policy....

October 15, 2014

New York City's Trash Inequality - Eric Goldstein, NRDC

Everyone who cares about the health of our planet and its people owes a big thank-you to the environmental justice movement for its role in organizing last month’s phenomenal...

October 15, 2014

D.C. Is Not the Nation's Most Expensive City - Jordan Weissmann, Slate

Yesterday, the Washington Post reported that, according to a recent government study, the D.C. region was "the most expensive place to live in the country, ahead of&...

October 11, 2014

How Smart Cities Will Make Room for Dogs - Brenda Cooper, Slate

At a recent neighborhood meeting in the medium-size city that I work for, a comment about the growing dog population sparked a heated conversation. Residents—even pet owners&...

October 9, 2014

The Public Redevelopment Racket - Scott Beyer, The American

The justifications that governments give for subsidizing private developments are often dubious, but this was particularly so for a recent New Jersey deal. This summer, the state g...

October 8, 2014

How High-Cost Housing Conquered D.C. - Emily Badger, Washington Post

Back in 2005, before the new apartments went up in NoMa, and along 14th Street, and near the Nationals' ballpark, there was more housing in D.C. renting for less than $500 a month ...

October 7, 2014

5 Cities With Racially Uneven Housing Recoveries - Bai & George, Urban

The housing bust, and the stunted recovery that followed, were back-to-back blows to many African American and Hispanic communities, where more households entered the market just b...

October 7, 2014

Fading Distinctions Between City and Suburb - Richard Florida, CityLab

Most of us who are sometimes labeled "urbanists" believe the new age of the city is squarely upon us. Cities and urban neighborhoods once counted for dead are adding people, in som...

October 6, 2014

Do the Locomotive - Vaclav Smil, The American

Fifty years after the first high-speed train began its scheduled service in Japan, it is remarkable how this superior alternative has not caught on in North America. Among modern a...

October 4, 2014

A Movement Toward Diverse Suburbs - Amy Stuart Wells, CityLab

At a time when thousands of American suburbs like Ferguson, Missouri, are gaining more and more black and Hispanic families, the killing of Michael Brown this summer and the frustr...

October 2, 2014

How Streetcar Projects Benefit Cities - David Alpert, CityLab

American streetcar projects have gotten some tough love recently. Writers who advocate for walkable, transit-oriented urban neighborhoods are questioning whether streetcar investme...

September 29, 2014

The Great Suburbia Debate - Reihan Salam, National Review Online

Are conservatives turning on the suburbs? Joel Kotkin, the prolific author and executive editor of The New Geography, an excellent resource for students of urbanism, warn...

September 27, 2014

Liberalism and Gentrification - Gavin Mueller, Jacobin

When I want to examine the limits of liberal ideology, I look for class struggle; when I want to find some class struggle, I simply step outside my door. You don’t have to li...

September 25, 2014

What Urban Planners Can Learn from Sci-Fi - Annalee Newitz, Slate

Perhaps because cities are hotbeds of social and technological innovation, they often have starring roles in futuristic stories. But these aren’t generally tales of a better ...

September 23, 2014

We Support Public Transit but Don't Ride It - Eric Jaffe, CityLab

Every transit advocate knows this timeless Onion headline: "98 Percent Of U.S. Commuters Favor Public Transportation For Others." But the underlying truth that ...

September 22, 2014

Why Suburbia Irks Some Conservatives - Joel Kotkin, New Geography

For generations, politicians of both parties – dating back at least to Republican Herbert Hoover and Democrat Franklin Roosevelt – generally supported the notion of sub...

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