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Scott Beyer is a journalist who focuses on American urban issues. For the last several years he has traveled around the United States as part of a private research project to learn about cities.

In the summer of 2014, he will begin another two-year trip, living in 24 cities for a month each to write a book advancing the idea that cities, many of which struggle with dysfunctional economies and social fabrics, would benefit from looser markets, reformed public services and political climates that better embrace economic growth.

Beyer's articles and commentaries have been published by The Atlantic, National Review, The Weekly Standard, The American Spectator, City Journal, American Magazine, Reason Magazine and the Cato Institute. His work can be found collectively on his blog, BigCitySparkplug.com. He is a resident of Charlottesville, Va.

September 1, 2014

Why Don't More Cities Sell Air Rights?

Vertically inclined cities could make a lot of money allowing private developers to build high-rise apartments or business spaces above libraries, city halls and schools.
July 1, 2014

How to Keep Construction from Killing Businesses

Scaffolding, closed roads, hidden store signs, you name it. Public works projects annoy customers and hurt businesses. But there’s a lot cities can do to soften the blow.