Urbanophile

May 16, 2016, 7am PDT
For decades, New York City's boom times lay deep in the past. Now that the city's growing again, Aaron Renn says New York may need to take cues from the Sun Belt, of all places.
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January 6, 2016, 12pm PST
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown provides insight into one of the nation's most significant planning efforts.
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October 22, 2015, 8am PDT
Would the Motor City have produced Motown without pianos in every living room?
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December 19, 2014, 12pm PST
Aaron Renn responds to a column in the Kansas City Star lamenting the political inequities of Kansas City's urban setting relative to nearby rural communities.
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September 16, 2014, 2pm PDT
Aaron Renn presents a new model for conceptualizing the health of the many layers of communities that make up metropolitan regions, namely the "new donut."
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September 1, 2014, 7am PDT
A detailed case study of Kokomo, Indiana, which has achieved an impressive record of investments in streetscape and other capital projects, even as it struggled to deal with the effects of the recession.
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May 27, 2014, 10am PDT
Aaron Renn recently explored Columbus, Ohio, where he found a city fueled by growth and doing many things right, but lacking the differentiation it merits among the country's urban marketplaces.
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April 19, 2014, 7am PDT
The price tag for massive project to bridge the Ohio River in Louisville, Kentucky complete with dual approach tunnels, has long been a source of controversy. Another sudden cost increase has one commenter wondering how this keeps happening.
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March 12, 2014, 8am PDT
Chuck Eckenstahler examines the “Benton Harbor Rule”—the desired funding and support that comes from a designation by the federal government as “metropolitan.” But does the “metropolitan” designation pay off as intended?
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February 11, 2014, 10am PST
Cities around the country are implementing alley improvement programs as a tool for neighborhood revitalization, with benefits to the economy and the environment. A recent article celebrates the strides cities have made in reclaiming alley spaces.
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October 24, 2013, 1pm PDT
As the first segment of the new $2-3 billion freeway called I-69 linking Evansville and Indianapolis nears completion, Southwest Indiana leaders are already agitating to build the state's next "massive boondoggle," writes Aaron Renn.
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August 30, 2013, 11am PDT
In a collection of aerial photos comparing Cincinnati in the 1950s and today, one can see the disastrous effect that the nation's highway building frenzy had on the city's urban fabric.
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April 24, 2012, 11am PDT
As the concept of infrastructure banks gets increasingly bandied about (see Emanuel, Rahm and Obama, Barack), Aaron M. Renn examines what exactly they do for us that we can’t already do.
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February 25, 2012, 5am PST
Detroit native Pete Saunders makes the case that poor planning put the nail in Motown's casket.
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February 1, 2012, 8am PST
In New York and Washington, Rod Stevens reports on two very different examples of the importance of programming, or "software", to placemaking.
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October 7, 2011, 7am PDT
The Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) released its 2011 Urban Mobility Report, which shows how many additional hours in traffic each commuter would be subject to if public transportation were discontinued.
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July 4, 2011, 9am PDT
Portland leads the nation is sustainability and in fact, may be responsible for starting this movement, but its economy remains mediocre and it is one of America's least diverse cities. Urbanophile's Aaron M. Renn explains why.
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June 11, 2011, 11am PDT
Data on taxi pick-up and drop-off points can be a useful tool to better understand urban mobility, and how taxis can function as an aspect of public transportation, according to this post.
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April 18, 2011, 1pm PDT
Aaron Renn of <em>Urbanophile</em> explains the allure of "greenfield economics" and that the process of urban and suburban decay is cyclical in nature.
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April 5, 2011, 8am PDT
Rod Stevens, a business consultant specializing in urban ventures, compiled a list of the most common "silver bullet" solutions put in place by city leaders to address redevelopment over the past 60 years.
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