Community / Economic Development

Updating the initial "Re-Emergence of Concentrated Poverty" Brookings report, Elizabeth Kneebone shows where concentrations of poverty have taken root during the Great Recession and subsequently slow recovery period.
13 hours ago   Brookings Institution
This summer I cycled through beautiful countryside, saw impressive ruins, visited old churches, travelled through small towns and met friendly people.  I also saw communities, deprived of their purpose, coping with decline. I may have even seen the last days of a way of life.  (See for youself, in this issue of Price Tags.) This was Upstate New York State, along the Erie Canal from Buffalo to Albany – an experience that rivaled any bike tour I could have taken in Europe. For it was there that I saw one of the wonders of the world. The Erie Canal was certainly that. Opinion
Aug 25, 2008   By Gordon Price
Restaurants are now a better draw than retail in a tough economy, and new retail centers are upping their percentage of eating places to follow suit.
Aug 25, 2008   The Dallas Morning News
Matthew J. Kiefer assesses NIMBYism in full flower, describing not just its agonies but also its value in democratizing land use planning decisions. He concludes with some constructive advice on how to make the most of this painful but inescapable feature of the development landscape. Exclusive
Aug 25, 2008  By Matthew J. Kiefer
Its present form taken only 36 years ago with the amalgamation of 12 municipalities, Winnipeg has still to evolve an "urban culture", argues Nick Ternette.
Aug 24, 2008   The Winnipeg Free Press
This article from <em>Developer</em> looks at five cities that are dealing creatively with their foreclosure and abandonment problems.
Aug 23, 2008   Developer
Osama bin Laden's brother has announced plans to build the world's longest suspension bridge, connecting Africa and Arabia, and building two state-of-the-art cities at each end -- a project that is expected to cost upwards of $200 billion.
Aug 23, 2008   The Independent
This article from the <em>BBC</em> looks at the new face of bridge development and argues that crossing rivers is no longer the main reason they're built.
Aug 21, 2008   BBC
The non-profit group Nuestras Raíces in Holyoke, Mass. has found urban agriculture a powerful community glue, providing increased food security and economic opportunity to the Puerto Rican population there.
Aug 20, 2008   The Atlantic
With the price of food climbing, some families in the U.K. are taking to keeping small Dexter cows.
Aug 19, 2008   The Sunday Times
The economic boost expected from Olympics-related tourism has fallen way short of predictions in Beijing. Many business people blame the government's stringent visa-granting policies.
Aug 19, 2008   The Christian Science Monitor