Community / Economic Development

The "Using Behavioral Economics to Create Playable Cities" report suggests that so much time spent in front of screens, and the continued need to counter the obesity epidemic, requires new thinking about play for children living in cities.
Yesterday   Next City
Seattle needs major revisions to its transportation infrastructure, according to local officials. Getting the public behind the expensive projects may be as simple as saying one word: jobs.
Nov 24, 2008   The Seattle Times
With sales down at local malls and retail centers and projected at record lows for the holiday season as households curtail spending, restaurants that rely on retail traffic are preparing for losses.
Nov 22, 2008   Wall St. Journal
This slideshow from <em>Slate</em> looks at how to reuse abandoned big boxes.
Nov 22, 2008   Slate
An economic study has been published showing that the costs of air pollution to the 20 million Californians living in the state’s (and nation’s) two most polluted regions, the LA basin and San Joaquin Valley, to be around $28 billion annually.
Nov 21, 2008   San Francisco Chronicle
Somalian pirates are creating a booming economy of caterers, luxury cars, and high-end chefs in the northern coastal towns of the impoverished country. "The pirates depend on us, and we benefit from them," said one shopkeeper.
Nov 20, 2008   Associated Press
As it prepares to host the 2014 Winter Olympics, the beachfront Russian city of Sochi is hoping to become an attractive resort city. Money is flowing and development is under way, but some expect growing pains.
Nov 20, 2008   The New York Times
While the goal of these walkable communities is to attract young urban professionals, the benefits, of course, extend beyond that.
Nov 19, 2008   The Columbus Dispatch
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has a plan to help the nation's hardest hit homeowners and neighborhoods. But by concentrating assistance in the most devastated areas, few places will be saved, writes Charles Buki. Exclusive
Nov 19, 2008  By Charles Buki
Nicolai Ouroussoff tells the tale of Buffalo, a quintessential rust belt city that seems committed to preserving its architectural heritage but unsure about its future.
Nov 18, 2008   The New York Times
Calgary is poised to make itself into a city that encourages density without sacrificing too much of the leg room currently offered by existing suburbs.
Nov 18, 2008   Calgary Herald