Central Cities


Study: Without Fewer Cars, Cities Will be 'Overrun by Gridlock'

Local leaders must invest in public transit and other incentives to reduce the number of private vehicles and congestion in cities.

July 15, 2021 - Gizmodo

Portland Green Loop

Portland Residents Participate in Design of 'Green Loop'

Community input is crucial to a plan that would wrap Portland in a ring of greenery and pathways.

August 25, 2016 - Next City

British Rowhouses

Report: Britain's Suburbs on the Decline

London's central core never experienced the deterioration many American downtowns lived through, but the inner city/suburb dynamic was still at play. Now poverty is moving outward.

July 29, 2016 - The Telegraph

Busy Downtown

New Data on the Shift to Cities

It's no secret that urban centers are doing better today than they were 30 years ago. New FHFA data on housing prices confirms the trend and suggests that a changing environment (as opposed to changing preferences) account for it.

July 6, 2016 - The Washington Post

Study: Affordable Housing Policy Increases Segregation in the Twin Cities

A new study by researchers at the University of Minnesota identifies the consequences of Twin Cities affordable housing policy: deepening racial and economic segregation.

March 7, 2015 - MinnPost

Gentrification, Shmentrification

Despite media commentary about urban gentrification and the decline of suburbia, suburbs still have far less than a proportionate share of regional poverty.

October 1, 2013 - Michael Lewyn

"No Net Loss" for Third Places?

Amid the dissolution of Borders bookstores in urban centers, Chuck Wolfe urges policymakers and the private market to assure "no let loss" in the spirit of natural resource protection to assure third places remain available in American cities.

July 25, 2011 - Sustainable Cities Collective

Why Were Census Estimates So Different From The Census?

Why did the Census estimate Atlanta's population as 541,000 in 2009 and count only 420,000 people in 2010?

April 28, 2011 - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The City/Suburb Income Gap- Bigger or Smaller?

<p> The Brookings Institution&#39;s &quot;State of Metropolitan America&quot; database (at <a href="http://www.brookings.edu/metro/StateOfMetroAmerica/Map.aspx#/?subject=7&amp;ind=70&amp;dist=0&amp;data=Number&amp;year=2009&amp;geo=metro&amp;zoom=0&amp;x=0&amp;y=0">http://www.brookings.edu/metro/StateOfMetroAmerica/Map.aspx#/?subject=7&amp;ind=70&amp;dist=0&amp;data=Number&amp;year=2009&amp;geo=metro&amp;zoom=0&amp;x=0&amp;y=0</a> ) contains a wealth of information both on central cities and their metropolitan areas.  One issue I was curious about was the economic gap (or lack thereof) between cities and their suburbs.

April 22, 2011 - Michael Lewyn

Shopping Mall Sprawl Hurting City Businesses in Israel

Historic downtowns in Israel are struggling against the growing tide of suburban American-style shopping malls that are developing on the outskirts of town.

August 26, 2009 - Tablet

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