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A Conversation With Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan

October 1, 2014 “Every neighborhood has a future” was Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s campaign slogan when he ran for office in 2013. Now, just a few months into his tenure, it’s clear that his message—one that spat in the face of Detroit’s bankruptcy, its curtailed social services, and its high crime rate—will be ...

Singles Now Make Up More Than Half the U.S. Adult Population. Here's Where They All Live

September 15, 2014 The United States is now a nation of singles. Single people make up just over half of all American adults for the first time since statistics have been collected, according to a study reported by Bloomberg last week. But which states and metros have the highest and lowest shares of ...

Reno Won Tesla's Gigafactory. Was It Worth It?

September 8, 2014 Reno, Nevada, won Tesla’s new $5 billion Gigafactory, doling out a reported $1.25 billion in incentives to seal the deal. “The Gigafactory will mean nearly $100 billion in economic impact over the next 20 years,” Governor Brian Sandoval said in his announcement Thursday. The company’s decision comes after a five-state ...

The Best Job Markets for Young College Grads Now

September 1, 2014 Summer has waned and people are heading back to school or back to work. But for relatively recent college graduates whose careers were essentially put on hold by the Great Recession, the end of summer is time to redouble their job search. A March 2014 report by the Education Department’s ...

The Roller-Coaster Economies of Vacation Towns

August 27, 2014 Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer, is right around the corner. As we head back to school or back to work, stuffing bathing suits in hard-to-reach drawers, it's a good time to ask: what does the end of tourist season mean for cities and metros that rely on tourism ...

Mapping America's New Economy in Construction Permits

August 20, 2014 Here’s a map of America’s new economic geography as seen through construction permits from our friends at Trulia. It shows 2014 construction permits compared to their historical norms. Construction permits are a leading indicator of where growth is occurring and will continue to occur. Permits are way up in the ...

Where the Great Recession Made Inequality Worse

August 4, 2014 The most troubling reality of America’s ongoing economic recovery has been just how differently the recession and recovery have played out for the wealthiest households and for everyone else. The rich are getting richer, and income inequality is growing. In 2012, the top 10 percent took home more than half ...

Where Cities Are Growing Faster Than Their Suburbs

June 23, 2014 Where is growth happening in America: cities or suburbs? For much of the last half-century, growth was a suburban phenomenon. But over the past decade or so, many have noted the comeback of cities and the urban core—a phenomenon Alan Ehrenhalt dubs “the great inversion.” In fact, the question of ...

Are Baby Boomers Really Keeping Millennials From Finding Jobs?

June 19, 2014 The millennial generation is the largest in American history, and they’ve begun to enter the workforce. But more and more, these young workers are stuck in low-end, low-pay, and even part-time jobs for which they are overqualified—something that a recent NBER working paper has found could depress their future earnings ...

The Truth About D.C.'s Growing Knowledge-Based Economy

October 31, 2013 Washington, D.C., has always been known as a city of power. But beyond politics and diplomacy, it is now the center of a big, dynamic, successful and diverse economy, one that is quickly becoming an important player on the global stage. As I wrote in last month in The Atlantic, ...