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Innovation and Urban Inequality Go Hand in Hand

October 31, 2017 The urban revival of the past two decades has led to a striking contradiction. As high-tech talent and industry have moved back to many cities, increasing their economic output and lowering unemployment rates, these cities have become increasingly unequal. Now a new study documents in meticulous detail the extent to...

What the New Urban Anchors Owe Their Cities

September 23, 2017 As some of the main drivers and primary beneficiaries of the recent urban revival, anchor institutions are often the largest employers in their communities. While typical examples of “anchor institutions” include large universities, hospitals, and medical centers—so-called “meds and eds”—that quite literally anchor urban centers, other powerful anchors, including successful...

The Complex Relationship Between Innovation and Economic Segregation

August 19, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Not too long ago, cities were bending over backward to attract high-tech companies, which they saw as offering good, high paying jobs. City after city developed programs designed to turn them into the “next Silicon Valley.” But now, from the backlash against Airbnb and Uber to protests over high-tech companies...

The Geography of Innovation

August 5, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Which type of place is more innovative—dense, diverse cities or sprawling, homogeneous suburbs? For most self-described urbanists, the answer would seem obvious. The density and diversity of cities enable all sorts of unique collaborations and chance encounters that foster innovation. But this popular association between cities and innovation has long...

Immigrants Boost Wages for Everyone

June 28, 2017 Not long ago, prominent Democratic leaders like former President Barack Obama and progressive pundits like Paul Krugman publicly questioned what unskilled, low-paid immigrant laborers meant for American workers and the U.S. economy. Today, however, Democrats are almost totally unified in their support of open borders. That’s the basis of Peter...

Who Will Build the Next Big Tech Hub?

June 21, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow High-tech talent is a key driver of the wealth and competitiveness of cities. But it’s highly concentrated in places across the United States and the world, following a winner-take-all pattern and reinforcing the geographic inequality that underpins our broader economic and political divides. While all of America’s top-ranked tech cities...

City vs. State: The Story So Far

June 13, 2017 As cities flex their muscles in opposition to President Trump’s policies on everything from climate change to immigration and economic development, they face a serious obstacle: sweeping state efforts to preempt their authority.These efforts date back well before Trump’s populist rise to power and span a whole host of critical...

The Reasons Why Americans Aren't Moving as Much These Days

February 5, 2017 Our ability to move to opportunity—our mobility—is a key factor in our own and our nation’s economic success. But the mobility of Americans has reached record lows, according the latest data from the U.S. Census. Just slightly more than one in ten Americans (11.2 percent) moved between 2015 and 2016,...

Why Gay-Friendly Places Are More Innovative

November 3, 2016 Policy issues related to LGBT inclusiveness remain a hot-button in many parts of the United States. I should know, I’ve felt the heat: My finding that more tolerant and gay-friendly metro areas also have higher rates of innovation and high-tech industry generated a firestorm of criticism, unlike anything I’ve ever...

America's Great Science and Technology Divide

November 2, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In today’s knowledge economy, science and technology are prerequisites for economic success. But which states are America’s science and technology leaders? A new report, the State Technology and Science Index, from Ross DeVol and his colleagues at the Milken Institute, illuminates the great divide separating America’s leading and lagging states,...