Community Identity

"Detroit is the Paris of the Widwest", "Oakland is the Newark of the West Coast", "Chattanooga is the Cleveland of the Southeast" - a new website uses a navigable map of the world to catalog the many "X is the Y of Z" analogies found on Twitter.
Dec 18, 2012   The Atlantic Cities
For a city known for its storied history, but whose burgeoning creative culture has gone less noticed, a recent branding campaign was charged with the challenge of merging both identities.
Jun 18, 2012   Fast Company
A new study shows that three qualities - social offerings, openness, and beauty - strengthen residents' level of community attachment more than other urban variables, and that passion for place may be a leading indicator of local economic growth.
Nov 30, 2010   New Urban Network
Every real estate developer and urban planner knows that Portland, Oregon rocks. Opinion
Aug 11, 2009   By Rick Abelson
Bert Sperling, who has earned recognition for his lists of "Best Places," responds to questions posed by the readers of the Freakonomics blog.
Oct 6, 2008   Freakonomics (Opinion) on The New York Times