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The Reincarnation of America’s Most Infamous Dead Mall

We don’t need ideology. We need ideas.

Posted August 16th, 2019

Beware the ‘Voodoo’ Urbanism of Elites

Too often a creative-class monoculture doesn’t trickle down to everyone else. Jane Jacobs knew that.

Posted July 26th, 2019

We Mortgaged Our Future With Overvalued Housing

The “Yes In My Backyard” movement aims to build more affordable homes.

Posted June 28th, 2019

The Heartland’s Doughnuts of Despair

The inner suburbs of cities like Cleveland are dying as regional and state governments look the other way.

Posted June 5th, 2019

Arlington Should Deny Amazon $51M in HQ2 Subsidies

Before it succumbs to price explosion, the D.C. ‘burb needs to play hardball.

Posted March 4th, 2019

Did the Golden Age of Department Stores Bring Us Together?

Mass-market retailers were always in tension with local, neighborhood shops.

Posted December 21st, 2018

A Suburban Mall Dies in a New Deal Paradise

Greenbelt, Maryland’s Beltway Plaza Mall inches toward death, but suburban retrofit is not an unalloyed good.

Posted December 7th, 2018

Hyperlocal Zoning Can Reset London—and American Politics

The Nobel Prize-winning economist Elinor Ostrom inspired Londoners to change block by block.

Posted November 30th, 2018

Sometimes You Just Need to Move

It’s okay to move out of a town that needs you, to find a place you need back.

Posted July 13th, 2018

Vermont’s $10,000 Gamble

Can the Green Mountain State pay new residents to settle there?

Posted June 29th, 2018

How Many D.C. Suburban Office Parks Became Ghost Towns

Trends in commercial real estate suggest the area is not immune to economic decline.

Posted May 9th, 2018

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