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Posts in category “Economics”

Slow the Cars

Streets emphasize wealth creation. Roads are about movement. Combining the two functions is folly.

Posted January 19th, 2018

We Should Not Fear Gentrification In the Rust Belt

Squelching private investment in the urban core will only perpetuate inequality and economic segregation.

Posted January 5th, 2018

Why Some Suburban Malls Survive

They still enable a communal ritual where otherwise isolated people can share common experiences.

Posted December 29th, 2017

A Traditional Christmas Needs a Real Downtown

Not feeling the spirit in the big box stories and strip malls? There’s a reason for that.

Posted December 8th, 2017

City Regulatory Hurdles Favor Big Developers, Not the Little Guy

Small-scale real-estate entrepreneurs face unresponsive bureaucracies and inspectors hungry for violations.

Posted December 4th, 2017

Why Amazon Won’t Save Your Struggling Town

Economic subsidies generally cost cities more than they are worth.

Posted November 24th, 2017

The Yelp Index of Economic Growth

Can crowdsourcing compete with government data?

Posted November 18th, 2017

Struggling Cities Don’t Need Creative Class Leadership

Outside talent often focuses on big ideas while neglecting fiscal realities.

Posted October 13th, 2017

The Redemption of Richard Florida

From creative class to working class.

Posted July 14th, 2017

When Historic Preservation Depends on Gentrification

To survive, smaller cities need economic and cultural capital.

Posted July 7th, 2017

Killing the City Won’t Save the Small Town

Rural communities need the regional dynamism that metropolitan areas provide.

Posted June 23rd, 2017

Why a Solar Eclipse Has the Heartland Rethinking Alcohol Laws

Two small towns will greet thousands of new tourists—and provide easier access to liquor.

Posted February 23rd, 2017