Community / Economic Development

Mark Fahey cites data from Crain's and the New York Building Congress showing that New York City's improving economy has percolated big numbers of hires through all levels of the building industry.
1 hour ago   Crain's New York Business
Many cities see new iconic buildings as a major element in recreating themselves into distinctive places. But if every city has distinctive buildings, the distinctiveness is diminished. This commentary argues for new revitalization ideas.
Oct 7, 2008   Guardian
CA Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed perhaps the most important air quality bill of the year just before the deadline to the dismay of the state's environmental and health community. Alaska Gov. Palin's letter asking for the veto may have played a role.
Oct 6, 2008   San Mateo County Times
This video from <em>KCET</em> takes a look inside one of the formerly fastest-growing parts of the country as it grapples with a flood of foreclosures and abandoned properties.
Oct 6, 2008   KCET
An artist recently drew an interpretation of a speech by author Richard Florida about the "creative class", competition between cities and the importance of place.
Oct 5, 2008   Creative Class Exchange
In this piece from <em>Citiwire</em>, Jonathan D. Miller argues that infrastructure and the economy are not islands. Improving the nation's infrastructure, he says, will improve the economy.
Oct 5, 2008   Citiwire
The historic centers and plazas of Latin American cities are often viewed as prime prospects for preservation in the hopes of increasing tourism. Often this preservation has a negative affect on locals, but things are beginning to change.
Oct 4, 2008   Land Lines, Lincoln Institute Of Land Policy
Comfort Cafe in Hastings-On-Hudson, NY wanted to expand, but couldn't get a loan in the credit crisis. The owner got creative, and raised the money he needed by selling discount cards to loyal regulars.
Oct 4, 2008   Boing Boing
Minimum parking requirements are coming under increasing fire in Washington D.C. This column argues that reducing parking will make the city a better and smarter place.
Oct 4, 2008   The Washington Post
In this article, Erick Villagomez argues that affordable housing, by enabling urban diversity, is the key to a city's economic and social sustainability.
Oct 3, 2008   re:place Magazine
Harundale Mall, one of the first enclosed malls built in the country, is now a strip mall. This article contains an examination of its somber decline and the direction in which Harundale--and other malls--may be headed next.
Oct 3, 2008   The Baltimore Sun