Aaron Renn is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. An opinion-leading urban affairs analyst, entrepreneur, speaker and writer, Renn created the urban planning website, The Urbanophile, following a 15-year career in management and IT consulting at Accenture. He is also the founder and CEO of Telestrian, a data analysis platform that provides powerful data mining and visualization capabilities. Renn’s writings have also appeared in publications such as Forbes,The New York Times and City Journal

March 2, 2015

The Real Loser in Chicago's Mayoral Election

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

Where’s America’s Entrepreneurial Economy?

Despite many perceptions, entrepreneurship and self-employment have been on the decline for years, especially among Millennials.
January 1, 2015

The Myths of Municipal Mergers

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

Lessons from Kokomo on How to Spend Responsibly

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

If Cities Want to Succeed, They Need to Focus on What Makes Them Distinct

Many municipalities struggle to identify their uniqueness and instead try to market themselves for having things that you can find anywhere.
July 1, 2014

Do Cities Really Want Economic Development?

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

The Benefits of Being a 'Necessary City'

Cities aspiring to prominence on the global stage are overlooking a key economic development strategy.
March 1, 2014

How to Harvest Good Ideas

Just as seeds need fertilizer to grow well, innovation requires nurturing too.
January 1, 2014

How Globalization Isolates Struggling Cities

Troubled post-industrial places need help building better connections with more successful cities.
August 15, 2013

Beyond the 'Brain Drain': How Cities Really Need to Sell Themselves

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

The Illusion of Growth Economics: Can Cities Like Charlotte Reinvent Themselves?

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.