October 15, 2016, 5am PDT
Jason Hackworth argues that demolition has come to be seen as a good, in and of itself, in rust belt cities like Detroit; giving rise to policies that are wrong-headed and dangerous.
London School of Economics and Political Science - American Politics and Policy Blog
September 14, 2016, 7am PDT
Cleveland is a thought leader in bulldozing houses, according to a recent op-ed on Cleveland.com, but it's time to imagine a new paradigm.
September 2, 2016, 6am PDT
The next time a city or community is struggling, rather than looking only to macroeconomic forces or national policymakers for reasons, we should equally examine the strength of local leadership and the texture of their networks.
August 26, 2016, 12pm PDT
When Uber announced this month that it would test-run its fleet of self-driving cars in the Steel City, many probably asked, "why Pittsburgh?" Unlike other post-industrial places, it's been incubating a 21st-century economy.
August 22, 2016, 8am PDT
The city of Toledo, Ohio provides a case study in how the best intentions of attracting degree-holding Millennials can come up short.
August 2, 2016, 8am PDT
From St. Louis to Baltimore, the Rustbelt Cities are seeing a growing population of millennials as a possible cure to shrinking populations and stagnating economies.
July 26, 2016, 12pm PDT
A recent spate of articles has pondered the concepts and planning strategies at work in the region of the country described as the Rust Belt.
Notes from the Underground
July 2, 2016, 5am PDT
If Detroit needs to be "rebuilt" or "reimagined," why not do so around a walkable, convenient ideal? A compact Motor City where essential goods and services are available within a 20-minute walk?
June 4, 2016, 1pm PDT
In May, the documentary film "Cleveland: Confronting Decline in an American City" was made available in full on YouTube.
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
May 6, 2016, 11am PDT
Erie, Pennsylvania and Canton, Ohio have faced the challenges of shrinking populations and fewer job prospects, but new comprehensive plans in each city may provide a pathway to resurgence
April 19, 2016, 6am PDT
The success stories about Detroit leave out big pieces of the puzzle, including some just outside of city limits. The Detroit News looks at the ongoing struggles of one of the forgotten neighborhoods in the suburb of South Warren.
April 7, 2016, 2pm PDT
Chloe E. Taft explores the transition of Bethlehem, Pa., from Rust Belt company town to gambling mecca.
April 7, 2016, 6am PDT
Pritzker Prize winner Thom Mayne and leading New Urbanist planner Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk squared off in a debate about the future of Baltimore.
March 20, 2016, 1pm PDT
Sprawl lowers real estate values in cheap, declining cities—but it may also have social costs that aren't as relevant elsewhere.
February 22, 2016, 6am PST
Good news for Pittsburgh, which is now officially reversing decades of Rust Belt trends.
January 23, 2016, 5am PST
The usual litany of Rust Belt woes hit North Braddock, Pennsylvania particularly hard. The Pittsburgh suburb has shed two-thirds of its population and is burdened with 350 abandoned properties.
December 27, 2015, 5am PST
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette profiles a man in a small town in Pennsylvania that does a pretty good impression of Santa Claus, if you ask us.
September 13, 2015, 5am PDT
The Quicken Loans founder and real estate mogul now controls 78 downtown properties. His investment choices can set the tone for life in what used to be an abandoned city center.
September 1, 2015, 7am PDT
According to analysts like Aaron Renn, the exodus of educated Millennials from what some perceive to be less-glamorous cities shouldn't signal impending doom. For one thing, brain drain might not be happening at all.
July 27, 2015, 1pm PDT
Buffalo made its fortune in long-gone heavy industries such as steel. Now a new industrial revolution—in renewable energy—is bringing new life to the coldest, northernmost city of the American Rust Belt.