Community / Economic Development

The Chinese government wants an influx of nearly 100 million new urban residents by 2020. In order to accommodate a migration of this nature, China's urban planners are tasked with creating cities to be more livable.
2 days ago   CityLab
With economic, employment, and social benefits, food is much more than what we eat. Now Massachusetts has completed a comprehensive food plan in the hopes of doing better with the systems by which food is manufactured, bought, and consumed.
Dec 16, 2015   Metropolitan Area Planning Council
As the automotive industry of Detroit once inherited the wealth and assets of Pittsburgh's steel industry, one writer argues Seattle has now inherited the wealth and assets of the Silicon Valley.
Dec 15, 2015   Pacific Standard
Temporary storefronts—for everything from high fashion to big-box retailers to "foodie"-favored restaurants—are all the rage. A new study quantifies the economic clout of pop-up businesses.
Dec 14, 2015   New York Business Journal
Urban planners should take a leadership role in placing social equity at the top of planning goals, argues planner, teacher, and affordable housing developer Murtaza Baxamusa. He looks at five socio-economic problems planners should strive to solve.
Dec 13, 2015   UrbDeZine
Having the right mix of jobs in a local economy might be a predictor for future growth.
Dec 13, 2015   JedKolko.com
The Upstate Revitalization Initiative is also known as the "Upstate Hunger Games." $1.5 billion in available funding is certainly an attention grabber.
Dec 12, 2015   Politico New York
Quartz makes the point that supermarkets alone won't solve the problem of poor diets among low-income Americans.
Dec 11, 2015   Quartz
From his home in Brainerd, Minnesota (population 13,500), this fiscally conservative engineer leads a growing movement. His slow-and-steady approach to urban development has real bipartisan appeal.
Dec 10, 2015   MinnPost
A case study of suburban poverty and the programs needed to help residents through tough times.
Dec 10, 2015   StarTribune
How can cities in dry climates become self-sufficient in terms of water? California based Dry Lands Institute is creating a digital design tool called Hazel that aims to address just that.
Dec 9, 2015   Doggerel