Ten Fastest-Growing Cities in U.S.

The Christian Science Monitor reports on America's fastest-growing cities, many of which were slow to feel the effects of the recession and hope to use their momentum to push through it.

Attributes shared by the cities on the list include good public schools, partnerships between businesses and universities, low crime rates, cultural outlets, and high levels of entrepreneurship.

"Cities in Texas, California, Arizona, Louisiana, and North Carolina dominated the ranks of fastest-growing cities, according to a Census Bureau report released Wednesday. New York City was the numerical winner, gaining 53,000 residents.

But New Orleans topped the list in percentage terms, reflecting continued rebuilding after hurricane Katrina. Texas hosts four of the top 10 cities, including Round Rock – which was No. 2 – Killeen (9), Fort Worth (10), and McKinney (5)."

Full Story: Fastest-growing cities seek to beat recession soonest

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Richard Florida/The Atlantic, quoted in census/growth article

from article:
"In a recent article ("How the Crash Will Reshape America") in The Atlantic, urban theorist Richard Florida posited that the recession is likely to ultimately accelerate growth around already-large cities like Austin and Raleigh, posing new challenges for straggling areas.

“The coming decades will likely see a further clustering of output, jobs, and innovation in a smaller number of bigger cities and city-regions,” writes Mr. Florida. “Properly shaping that growth will be one of the government’s biggest challenges.”

Planetizen, of course, posted the article back in February: "Reborn From the Crisis"

Irvin Dawid, Palo Alto, CA

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And Don't Forget Chicago - Growing Again!

WSJ reports on the Chicago turnaround:
"Chicago's population grew at a 0.73% annual rate in the year ended in July 2008 from 0.23% a year earlier and declines in the previous five years, according to an analysis of Census data by William H. Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution. Population growth also accelerated in smaller cities such as Minneapolis and Columbus, Ohio..."
Irvin Dawid, Palo Alto, CA

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