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Aaron M. Renn


Aaron M. Renn is an opinion-leading urban analyst, consultant, speaker and writer on a mission to help America’s cities and people thrive and find real success in the 21st century. He focuses on urban, economic development and infrastructure policy in the greater American Midwest. He also regularly contributes to and is cited by national and global media outlets, and his work has appeared in many publications, including the The Guardian, The New York Times and The Washington Post.

He can be reached at or on Twitter at @aaron_renn.

Tight labor markets can be hard on corporations. But they can help marginal workers find jobs.
People in struggling communities can benefit from the work-from-home phenomenon. But they need some mentoring to do it. Some innovative startups are getting them there.
Cash grants to get remote workers to relocate may sound like desperation. But they can actually work, generating a buzz and bringing in new blood.
The local figures who used to move their communities forward are in painfully short supply.
Future prosperity depends not only on local resources, but on size. Academic centers that don’t lure new residents are apt to fall behind.
Taking downtown residential is an attractive idea. But it’s not the ultimate solution to central city decline.
It’s a trend that started before the pandemic, and it isn’t slowing down, thanks in part to hefty price increases for housing.
Nice public restrooms are a genuine urban amenity. Big cities can afford to build more of them. Why don’t they?
Newcomers from liberal states don’t always tilt their new homes to the left. It’s the reason why migration politics is more complex than people give it credit for.
Urban leaders like to complain that suburbs are a drain on their prosperity. The facts are otherwise.