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The Rise of Global Startup Cities

January 26, 2016 Once the province of U.S. tech hubs such as California’s Silicon Valley, venture capital has gone global. In a new report from the Martin Prosperity Institute, Rise of the Global Startup City, my colleague Karen King and I use detailed data from Thomson Reuters to track worldwide venture capital investment...

4 Ways Zoning Can Segregate Cities

January 5, 2016 Two things have long been known about land-use regulations. One is that elements of them—in the form of large lot requirements and other aspects of “exclusionary zoning”—have led to racial and economic segregation. The other is that restrictive land use and building codes in cities limit housing construction (and therefore...

Immigrants Are the Key Ingredient in Economically Vibrant Metros

September 22, 2015 Anti-immigrant sentiment and phrases like “we have to build a wall” have at this point become synonymous with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Indeed, the idea of building a massive wall along the border between the U.S. and Mexico was just about the only policy idea he mentioned at his Dallas...

Where U.S. Cities Rank on List of World's Top Startup Hubs

July 28, 2015 Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area have long been the world leaders in high-tech startups, giving rise to cutting-edge companies from Apple and Intel to Google, Facebook, and Twitter. But recent years have seen the rise of an increasingly potent group of cities around the world that are...

Mapping Where America Is Failing Its Youth

June 17, 2015 A substantial share of America’s youth remains economically disconnected, even as the economy continues to recover. More than one in eight—13.8 percent—of young Americans ages 16 to 24 are neither working nor in school, according to a new report from the Social Science Research Council’s Measure of America project. The...

How Uber's Driverless Cars Could Make Pittsburgh America's Next Great Tech Hub

June 3, 2015 Ride-hailing giant Uber has brought the company’s driverless-car efforts to Pittsburgh, snapping up Carnegie Mellon researchers to come along for the ride. If the Wall Street Journal is to be believed, this is something of a disaster for the acclaimed university, where I taught for nearly two decades. “Carnegie Mellon...

Tolerance and Intolerance in the City

June 1, 2015 Are cities really bastions of tolerance? My own work has found that members of the creative class prefer quasi-anonymous lives, giving cities an advantage in attracting a wider range of talented people across social and demographic groups. But as recent events in Baltimore and beyond remind us, cities have also...

One Reason It’s So Hard to Become a 'Creative Superstar City'

May 28, 2015 The new economy is a creative one, with knowledge workers increasingly powering innovation and growth. And while creativity is theoretically a limitless resource, a new study finds that a relatively narrow group of metros have emerged as winners in America’s creative economy—and discovers how much ground other metros must gain...

Baby Boomers Were Job-Hopping Before It Was Cool

April 3, 2015 If you haven't already bid farewell to the concept of the “company man,” you definitely missed your chance. A new study from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the already aged concept of a "good job for life" went away long before the rise of the “job-hopping Millennial”...

Inequality Keeps Creeping Higher in America's Largest Cities

March 18, 2015 Economic inequality across America’s large, coastal cities continues to deepen, according to a new study released this week by the Brookings Institution. The study, by Alan Berube and Natalie Holmes of Brookings’ Metropolitan Policy Program, calculates inequality based on what they dub the “95-20 ratio.” This method compares the income...