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America's Best Performing Cities in 2014

January 9, 2015 The U.S. economy continues to recover from its Great Recession: The Economistreported this month that 2014’s third quarter saw 5 percent GDP growth, the fastest pace since 2003. But the recovery has been uneven, with the affluent benefitting disproportionately while working people and the middle class have fallen further behind. ...

The Connection Between Successful Cities and Inequality

January 7, 2015 Thomas Piketty’s Capital helped make inequality a household word last year by arguing that it's a basic outcome of modern capitalism. “Thomas Piketty won 2014,” announced Slate, and the Upshot points out that inequality has been the theme du jour at the American Economic Association's annual meeting. Indeed, inequality has ...

Growing Evidence Shows Walkability Is Good for You, and for Cities

December 11, 2014 There are few issues closer to the hearts and minds of urbanists that walkability. Ever since Jane Jacobs' classic The Death and Life of Great American Cities, urbanists have extolled the ideal of the dense, mixed-used, walkable neighborhood, contrasting it with the dull and deadly cul-de-sacs of car-oriented suburbs. If ...

Is Startup Urbanism to Blame for Rising American Inequality?

December 9, 2014 The San Francisco Bay Area has been the epicenter for technological revolutions for the better part of the past half-century, the launching pad for world-shaping startups from Intel and Apple to Google, Facebook, and Twitter. But Silicon Valley is also home to “The Jungle,” a 68-acre homeless camp in South ...

Large Metros Have Generated the Lion's Share of Employment Since the Great Recession

October 20, 2014 The fallout from the Great Recession continues to reset America’s economic geography. Larger, denser metros have performed considerably better, according to arecent analysis that charts metro employment growth since the economic crash. The study, by Josh Lehner of the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis, used county-level jobs data to compare ...

Chinese Science Still Lags Behind U.S., Europe

October 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Much is made of China’s rise as the world’s next great power. China is forecasted to surge past the United States as the world’s largest economy by 2024, according to analysis by JPMorgan Chase & Co. And according to a recentstudy, China has already nearly eclipsed the United States and ...

A Compelling Plan for a More Inclusive San Francisco

October 9, 2014 At the same time that they're making a comeback, America's cities are becoming more economically divided, facing a new set of profound challenges. The San Francisco Bay Area metro in particular has seen a powerful influx of talent and tech investment, pulling startups and venture investment away from even Silicon ...

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 ...