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What, Exactly, Is Gentrification?

BY Alan Ehrenhalt

It’s hard to define, but it's dramatically changing the urban landscape and bringing a host of new challenges to local leaders.

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Data

Gentrification Has Accelerated Since the Millennium

Since 2000, urban neighborhoods have gentrified at twice the rate of the 1990s. View maps and data for the nation's 50 largest cities. BY
Urban

Why D.C.’s Affordable Housing Protections Are Losing a War with Economics

In the nation's fastest-gentrifying neighborhood, some of the strongest affordable housing protections haven’t been enough to keep lower-income residents from being priced out of their homes. BY
Health & Human Services

Suburbs Struggle to Aid the Sprawling Poor

Poverty in suburbs now outnumbers poverty in cities, a shift that’s put a major strain on public services and is easily visible in Austin, Texas. BY
Urban

Do Cities Need Kids?

Seattle is one place that’s trying to figure that out. BY
Management & Labor

The Neighborhood Has Gentrified, But Where’s the Grocery Store?

In many gentrifying neighborhoods, attracting new residents and restaurants is the easy part. Finding the right mix of retail is much harder. BY
Infrastructure & Environment

Just Green Enough

Sprucing up a park can spur unintended gentrification. Is there a way to green a neighborhood without displacing its residents? BY

POLITICS + POLICY

Finance

Falling Oil Prices Help Consumers, Hurt States

The price of oil has dropped by 40 percent over the past few months. Most oil states have money saved in permanent funds, but the drop in revenues is causing shortfalls already. BY
Health & Human Services

Ignored or Destroyed by Most, Tent Cities Get More Permanent

Seattle is one of only a handful of places that formally recognizes and regulates homeless encampments. BY
Infrastructure & Environment

How Does Your City’s Streetcar Compare to Others?

This map displays every U.S. streetcar system, side by side, that’s either open or under construction. BY
Health & Human Services

States Seek to Ban Powdered Alcohol Before It Even Hits Stores

Lawmakers this year are looking to join a growing movement to preemptively prohibit "Palcohol." BY
Assessments

Are Democrats Out of Touch with Suburbia?

Some say Democrats suffered big blows in November because they’ve become a party of urban elitists. BY
Potomac Chronicle

Is Federalism Breaking Down?

Bad intergovernmental relations have the United States headed for fiscal disaster. BY
Politics

U.S. Supreme Court to Rule on the Meaning of ‘Legislature’

How it’s defined could impact state election laws from campaign finance to voter ID. BY
Health & Human Services

In New York, Single-Payer Hopeful Isn't Giving Up

Vermont may have abandoned the country’s only effort to enact single-payer health care, but one state legislator thinks the Affordable Care Act’s flaws will boost his cause. BY
Infrastructure & Environment

A Better Way for Cities to Measure Greenhouse Gases

Until now, there was no universal, comprehensive methodology for cities around the world to measure their emissions. One of the tool's creators explains its power in the fight against climate change. BY
Economic Engines

NYC’s Plan for Free, Citywide Wi-Fi

Private companies are paying the city $500 million to transform old pay phones into high-speed Internet hotspots. Is it a plan other cities can copy? BY
Urban Notebook

Houston: From Sprawl to City

Once wide open and famous for sprawl, the Texas city is becoming increasingly crowded and expensive. BY

PROBLEM SOLVER

Urban

Why Car-Free Cities Aren’t Right Around the Corner

Cities are trying to curb people’s driving habits, but most Americans aren’t ready to give up their cars. BY
Smart Management

6 Big Government Management Issues in 2015

Each are crucial for states and localities to address this year. BY
Better Government

The Benefits of a Better Town-and-Gown Relationship

Perhaps the next big thing in local government ought to be a “higher education relations officer” who leverages universities’ assets to benefit the cities they’re in. BY
Tech Talk

Tardy Transit? Tweet About It

Transit agencies are finally catching up to the private sector’s use of social media to improve their systems and increase the public’s trust in them. BY
Public Money

The ABCs of Cost Accountability

Want to know how to do less with less? Activity-based costing has great promise. BY
Management & Labor

For Extreme Team-Building, Mayor Takes Staff Skydiving

Houston Mayor Annise Parker and her executive team bonded at 14,000 feet. BY

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