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Assessments

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.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  May 27, 2020
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Assessments

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.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  May 13, 2020
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Urban

Urban Planners’ New Enemy

Cities are increasingly viewing parking in a negative light and rethinking its place in metropolitan America.

By Alan Ehrenhalt  |  August 17, 2016
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Finance

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.

By Alan Ehrenhalt  |  October 6, 2016
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Commentary

The Democrats’ Biggest Problem for 2020 — and Beyond

By clustering in cities, even small ones, they have weakened their political impact.

By Alan Ehrenhalt  |  August 5, 2019
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Finance

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.

By Alan Ehrenhalt  |  November 1, 2015
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Commentary

The Fables of Gentrification

A lot of what we think we know about it turns out to be wrong.

By Alan Ehrenhalt  |  July 15, 2019
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Commentary

2 Southern Cities, 2 (Very) Different Approaches to Transit

When it comes to transportation planning, Atlanta and Nashville are both at a crossroads.

By Alan Ehrenhalt  |  September 24, 2018
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Commentary

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.

By Alan Ehrenhalt  |  January 17, 2019
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Commentary

Why Some Cities Want Graffiti

Instead of scrubbing spray-painted tags, many places are now encouraging murals and other colorful street art.

By Alan Ehrenhalt  |  July 6, 2018
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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?

By Alan Ehrenhalt  |  June 19, 2017
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