Will COVID-19 End the Downtown Comeback? Don't Bet on It.
The factors that led to the revival of our city centers will still be there in the aftermath of the coronavirus shutdown: low crime, a craving for entertainment and the desire for physical proximity.
Will We Look Back Fondly on This Terrifying Period?
It may seem hard to believe that the time of a deadly pandemic might one day be remembered wistfully by those who lived through it. But something like that has happened before in American life.
Urban Planners’ New Enemy
Cities are increasingly viewing parking in a negative light and rethinking its place in metropolitan America.
For Economic Development Gold, Listen to the Music
The stadiums that cities invest in often end up losing money. There’s another, more profitable option: music festivals.
The Democrats’ Biggest Problem for 2020 — and Beyond
By clustering in cities, even small ones, they have weakened their political impact.
Why ‘Costs’ and ‘Savings’ Are Often an Illusion
Most public policy decisions are best described as transfers of wealth where somebody wins and somebody loses.
The Fables of Gentrification
A lot of what we think we know about it turns out to be wrong.
2 Southern Cities, 2 (Very) Different Approaches to Transit
When it comes to transportation planning, Atlanta and Nashville are both at a crossroads.
Why ‘Nudge’ Policies Should Be Used Gently
Behavioral economics is a powerful tool to encourage people to make certain decisions, but governments need to use it with caution.
Why Some Cities Want Graffiti
Instead of scrubbing spray-painted tags, many places are now encouraging murals and other colorful street art.
Politics & Elections
Elected as a Tea Party Conservative But Governing as a Centrist
A lot of the hard-line GOP governors who won in 2010 have surprised their supporters with a shift toward pragmatism. What’s driving the change?