April 28, 2016, 12pm PDT
Bruce Katz argues that federal investment in urban areas fosters a public/private ecosystem that can prioritize long-term thinking, minimizing the "short-termism" endemic to corporations and governments acting alone.
April 3, 2016, 9am PDT
The recent thaw in U.S. relations with Cuba, as well as President Obama's visit last month, have spurred conversations about Havana's future. Its public spaces are worn, but they're busy and well-designed.
Project For Public Spaces
June 29, 2015, 9am PDT
Once known as "Little Hell" for its copious industrial plants, Goose Island is a rare, relatively undeveloped investment opportunity. Centrally located, it may one day house swanky offices.
June 29, 2015, 6am PDT
While they're currently in vogue, streetcars are only worthwhile if they can be a viable option for local residents. Unfortunately, this is rarely how the systems are designed.
June 2, 2015, 11am PDT
We're all familiar with the now ubiquitous Kickstarter campaigns, but what about some other tools to help crowdfund local retail and development?
November 15, 2014, 5am PST
In the next few decades, U.S. governments and businesses are predicted to spend trillions of dollars on infrastructure. This is the reality. The question is: how do we get smart about these investments?
Infrastructure Crisis Sustainable Solutions
May 21, 2014, 10pm PDT
Many jurisdictions need additional funding to improve, or just maintain, their public transport services. A timely new study evaluates eighteen potential funding options according to eight criteria.
August 20, 2013, 6am PDT
"If all the food produced in the UK in a year were stored and eaten from January 1, the 'cupboard' would be bare by August 14" suggests the National Farmers Union. Advocates urge the government to help farmers produce more of the country's food.
October 2, 2012, 5am PDT
Despite heated political rhetoric on the national stage, the Toledo mayor courts Chinese investors.
February 28, 2012, 1pm PST
In an effort to stabilize neighborhoods and reduce the glut of foreclosures in the marketplace, Fannie Mae is beginning to sell foreclosed properties in bulk to investors to test the market for rental homes, write Alan Zibel and Nick Timiraos.
The Wall Street Journal - Developments Blog
August 18, 2011, 2pm PDT
A new guidebook has been released that's aimed at helping planners and city officials to know which types of green infrastructure are worth investment.
Landscape Architecture Foundation
July 13, 2011, 9am PDT
The cities hosting the 2014 World Cup in Brazil have been awarded an infusion of $6 billion from the Inter-American Development Bank to fund urban mobility and other efforts ahead of the event.
June 19, 2011, 5am PDT
After being hidden in plain sight for decades, Canada now emerges as the hot spot for U.S. "international" investment.
February 4, 2011, 7am PST
More than $200 billion worth of projects are either planned or underway in Qatar, and nearly half of them are infrastructure.
February 3, 2011, 8am PST
The demand for air travel may seem to be on the decline, but it's actually rising -- and playing a major role in determining which places are more economically successful.
January 11, 2011, 6am PST
Amid talk of downsizing and abandonment, a new surge of young investors has been moving into Detroit and revitalizing its economy.
October 26, 2010, 5am PDT
A new Brookings Institute report points to urban centers as key for growing a "new" American economy.
International Business Times
October 15, 2010, 5am PDT
In this podcast, <em>Next American City</em> talks with Robert Puentes of the Brookings Institution about the future of transportation in America.
October 13, 2010, 7am PDT
A group in Detroit has begun an effort to sell of one-inch parcels of land in the city for $1.
August 22, 2010, 5am PDT
As high speed rail projects begin to take shape across America, commuters are anticipating eased travel but skeptics remain critical.