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

July 20, 2018

What Employers Want From Cities

Is talent the most important factor? Taxes? Crime? It's a long list.
May 9, 2018

5 Lessons From the Amazon HQ2 Frenzy

Most places were never going to land the company’s next headquarters. But there are still some key takeaways for them.
March 15, 2018

A Tip for Infrastructure Builders: Fix It First

Before we invest in new infrastructure, we need to maintain and update what we have.
January 11, 2018

It's Time to Confront Our Coastal Elite Economy

Coastal cities have disproportionately thrived thanks to economic centralization. Yes, the marketplace is to blame, but so is federal policy.
November 13, 2017

Struggling Suburb? Merge It With the Big City Next Door.

It wouldn’t be a panacea, but it’s an option that needs to be on the table.
September 27, 2017

Are We Still Bowling Alone?

In broken communities, the focus should be on social capital -- not just the economy.
July 27, 2017

The Importance of Cities Finding Their Cultural Match

Sometimes a person and a city just aren’t right for each other.
May 10, 2017

The Downside of Pragmatism

It served our ‘maker’ cities well for a long time. Now it holds them back.
March 1, 2017

Can a Small College Save Its Small Town?

In many places, they're trying to like never before.
January 1, 2017

Globalization's Winner-Take-All Economy

The Chicagos and Cincinnatis of the world are more vulnerable than they realize.
November 11, 2016

Looking Back From the Future

Understanding how some cities have transformed shows why focusing on the little things can help struggling places survive and thrive.
September 15, 2016

What Cities Need in the Global Economy

To thrive in today’s world, they need to connect with immigrants.
July 11, 2016

The Rage of Those Left Behind

The 20 percent who run America need to start paying serious attention to the plight of the middle and lower classes.
May 17, 2016

De-Industrialization and the Displaced Worker

The shift from a manufacturing-based economy to a technology- and services-based one hasn’t been kind to the middle and working classes. That won’t change anytime soon.
March 22, 2016

Should Economic Development Focus on People or Places?

Cities tend to favor building stadiums and convention centers over investing in education or human services. It's an understandable but troublesome trend.
January 1, 2016

Why Moving Isn't All Bad

When lower-income Americans move, it's seen as a result of displacement instead of opportunity. This negative perception needs to change.
November 1, 2015

What Is the Real American Dream?

In our nostalgia for the postwar era, we ignore some things that weren’t so good.
September 1, 2015

The New Unemployables

Drugs, crime and the social ills long associated with urban areas have migrated to rural America, and it's having a profound effect on the economy.
July 1, 2015

Big Aspirations Aren’t Just for Big Cities Anymore

Much of what used to happen only in the biggest metropolises is spreading out.
May 1, 2015

The Other Digital Divide

Will small cities be able to exploit technology the way bigger cities have?
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

Cities and the Illusion of Growth Economics

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.