January 11, 2018
Coastal cities have disproportionately thrived thanks to economic centralization. Yes, the marketplace is to blame, but so is federal policy.
November 13, 2017
It wouldn’t be a panacea, but it’s an option that needs to be on the table.
September 27, 2017
In broken communities, the focus should be on social capital -- not just the economy.
July 27, 2017
Sometimes a person and a city just aren’t right for each other.
May 10, 2017
It served our ‘maker’ cities well for a long time. Now it holds them back.
March 1, 2017
In many places, they're trying to like never before.
January 1, 2017
The Chicagos and Cincinnatis of the world are more vulnerable than they realize.
November 11, 2016
Understanding how some cities have transformed shows why focusing on the little things can help struggling places survive and thrive.
September 15, 2016
To thrive in today’s world, they need to connect with immigrants.
July 11, 2016
The 20 percent who run America need to start paying serious attention to the plight of the middle and lower classes.
May 17, 2016
The shift from a manufacturing-based economy to a technology- and services-based one hasn’t been kind to the middle and working classes. That won’t change anytime soon.
March 22, 2016
Cities tend to favor building stadiums and convention centers over investing in education or human services. It's an understandable but troublesome trend.
January 1, 2016
When lower-income Americans move, it's seen as a result of displacement instead of opportunity. This negative perception needs to change.
November 1, 2015
In our nostalgia for the postwar era, we ignore some things that weren’t so good.
September 1, 2015
Drugs, crime and the social ills long associated with urban areas have migrated to rural America, and it's having a profound effect on the economy.
July 1, 2015
Much of what used to happen only in the biggest metropolises is spreading out.
May 1, 2015
Will small cities be able to exploit technology the way bigger cities have?
March 2, 2015
Rahm Emanuel's failure to avoid a runoff has less to do with him and more to do with Chicago's problems, which run deeper than many want to acknowledge.
March 1, 2015
Despite many perceptions, entrepreneurship and self-employment have been on the decline for years, especially among Millennials.
January 1, 2015
The media attention on Ferguson, Mo., one of the 90 jurisdictions in St. Louis County, has also brought attention to consolidation -- a touted solution to government ills.
November 1, 2014
How the Indiana city that was the center of the auto industry collapse became an unlikely poster child for long-term fiscal sustainability.
September 1, 2014
Many municipalities struggle to identify their uniqueness and instead try to market themselves for having things that you can find anywhere.
July 1, 2014
A poor economy and all the problems that come with it actually benefit some people, giving powerful players less incentive to improve the status quo for the rest.
May 1, 2014
Cities aspiring to prominence on the global stage are overlooking a key economic development strategy.
March 1, 2014
Just as seeds need fertilizer to grow well, innovation requires nurturing too.
January 1, 2014
Troubled post-industrial places need help building better connections with more successful cities.
August 15, 2013
Cities worry a lot about losing talented people, but few of them do much to attract new people. A sales mindset needs to be part of the culture of the community.
July 15, 2013
A city that's growing can spend more money while keeping taxes low. But when the limits of growth are reached, it will need to reinvent itself.