What is the apt metaphor for a city? Machines? Insect colonies? In a new paper, physicist Luis Bettencourt says that if we look to the function of cities we find that they're essentially social reactors that obey universal mathematical parameters.
Jun 21, 2013 The Atlantic Cities
In an essay adapted from their new book, Jennifer Bradley and Bruce Katz examine America's traditional 'dual sovereignty' federalism. They argue that metropolitan areas should play a greater role in governance through a collaborative federalism.
Jun 18, 2013 The Atlantic Cities
While he cannot do much to rewrite the Constitution, which favors rural America, or reverse a century of history, which gave rise to the suburbs, Obama, the most urban president, can do more to embrace the city as an innovation incubator.
Jun 18, 2013 Financial Times
Chuck Wolfe champions the 'urban diary' tool as a universal means to understand the city around us.
May 20, 2013 Crosscut
In 2010, a Gallup poll asked 1000 Americans each day, "Do you feel safe walking alone at night in the city or area where you live?" After a year or so of polling, the Gallup organization sorted the results by congressional district. The full results are Blog Post
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Recent studies show that upwards of 77% of Millennials are opting to live in urban areas. The impact on the local economy will be huge, IF urban planners rethink how we build our downtowns.
Oct 23, 2012 ICIC Inner City Exchange
Author Kevin Baker offers a historical perspective of the Republican Party's shift to the "anti-urban party".
Oct 8, 2012 The New York Times
Announced this week by <em>All Things Considered</em> hosts Melissa Block and Robert Siegel, National Public Radio is launching a new series called the NPR Cities Project and they're asking listeners for their input.
Jun 21, 2012 NPR
Richard Florida speaks with Alan Ehrenhalt about the subject of his new book, <em>The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City</em>: the reversal of the last century's great shift in people and economic activity to the suburbs
May 22, 2012 The Atlantic Cities
Emma Marris reviews a new book by Andrew Ross, a cultural critic at New York University, that tries to understand how Phoenix came to be what it is, and determine whether there's any way it can be turned around.
Mar 18, 2012 OnEarth