Recession

April 24, 2010, 1pm PDT
Only 16 of 384 metropolitan areas saw job increases over the last year, according to a new study.
MSNBC
March 23, 2010, 9am PDT
Budget cuts are dramatically reshaping many local governments. This piece from <em>The Atlanta Journal-Constitution</em> looks at how the recession will restructure governments in the Atlanta area.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 2, 2010, 2pm PST
Builders can't get credit but they may get jobs from banks, who, because of foreclosures, have unfinished homes that they need help completing.
Wall Street Journal
February 26, 2010, 7am PST
After more than two years of declines in American driving patterns, the amount of driving seems to be on the rise.
USA Today
February 16, 2010, 8am PST
The rough economy has made code officers negotiators between irked neighbors and entrepreneurs trying to make a living in their living rooms.
Wall Street Journal
February 16, 2010, 5am PST
Pleasantville, NY may be affluent and amenity-rich, but it isn't immune to the economic downturn. Now some suggest the town should sacrifice character for economic opportunity.
New York Times
February 14, 2010, 7am PST
Writing for <em>The New York Times</em>, Timothy Egan takes a look at some of the empty cities that were abandoned after the housing crash, and why they will be the slums of tomorrow.
NYTimes: Opinionator Blog
February 5, 2010, 10am PST
Voters in Colorado Springs, Colorado voted against an increase in property taxes in November. Now they're getting a lesson in what taxes pay for, as city services cut back on water, electricity and maintenance.
Denver Post
January 28, 2010, 5am PST
In the 1950s, nearly 1/5 of Americans moved each year. That trend is quickly reversing. Americans are now staying put in greater numbers than at any time since World War II, and experts have plenty of opinions on why that is.
New York Times
Feature
December 31, 2009, 10am PST

Over the course of the year, the editors of Planetizen review and post summaries of hundreds of articles, reports, books, studies, and editorials related to planning and urban development.

Nate Berg
December 29, 2009, 8am PST
Architects and carpenters are among this list of the nine jobs hit hardest by the recession in 2009.
NBC
December 21, 2009, 1pm PST
Transit ridership has dipped in 2009, according to a new report from the American Public Transportation Association. The recession and high unemployment rates are being blamed.
USA Today
December 17, 2009, 7am PST
Architect Daniel Libeskind, designer of part of the new Las Vegas megaproject CityCenter, says now is the right time to be building big and bold projects.
Der Spiegel
Blog post
November 30, 2009, 9am PST

Those of us whose professional lives are inextricably linked to the real estate development economy in one way or another have had plenty of time in the last year to twiddle our thumbs and attempt to figure out what the heck happened. This much we know — there was a housing bubble some places, it burst, and the economy collapsed. Have you ever slipped and fell – one those unexpected spectacular aerial feats where your feet fly out from underneath you, you look down your legs and see your toes at eye level pointing to the sky, and you say to yourself “this is really going to hurt when I land”? That’s what this year has been like for many, some of whom are still waiting to hit hard because they had projects in the pipeline and they are grinding their way through “inventory” of unfinished work. Plus, we started from a high plateau. Wall Street types call the unexpected but apparent life in the market during the first part of a recession “dead cat bounce” which Forbes defines as “a temporary recovery from a prolonged decline or bear market, after which the market continues to fall.” Even a dead cat dropped from a very high place will bounce a little when it hits the ground…

Dwight Merriam
November 27, 2009, 1pm PST
The $8.5 billion CityCenter mega project is set to open next week in Las Vegas. Many say it's likely to be the last major project in the struggling city for years.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
November 25, 2009, 10am PST
Unemployment is spreading across the country like a rash. This video tracks the changing unemployment in American counties since January 2007.
American Observer
October 3, 2009, 11am PDT
A new report from the Economic Research Service looks at how the economic recession is affecting rural areas. For the most part, things are a lot worse in America's nonmetro areas.
The Daily Yonder
August 19, 2009, 6am PDT
With foreclosures racking up, the state of Florida is entering a dark period. Despite the dire prognosis, the stat'es historic ups and downs hint that Florida may be able to come back.
The New York Times
July 28, 2009, 6am PDT
Organizers claim city money won't be needed as Chicago edges closer to securing the 2016 Summer Olympics, but locals are wary about the costs that could fall on them. The recession is exacerbating concerns.
The New York Times
July 26, 2009, 5am PDT
This piece from <em>Forbes</em> looks at which cities will recover fastest from the recession -- and which ones won't.
Forbes