Economic Development

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Why Cities Will Outlast the Pandemic Slump

A new report suggests that despite recent challenges, the ‘value proposition’ of urban activity centers remains as strong as ever.

November 1, 2022 - Bloomberg CityLab

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Sports Stadiums Bring Few Economic Benefits

While their developers often tout jobs and local economic development as benefits of major stadium projects, research shows these venues often make little impact on local economies.

August 11, 2022 - Urban Milwaukee

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Marrying Urban Identity and Economic Prosperity

A new book posits that truly successful communities have a strong economic base and a firmly rooted sense of place.

August 5, 2022 - Governing

Stormwater Infrastructure

State of the Cities: Mayors Focused on Infrastructure, Economic Development

Mayors around the country are pledging to bolster infrastructure projects with new federal funding, generate economic growth, and support the most vulnerable residents.

June 28, 2022 - Smart Cities Dive


Who’s Afraid of Gentrification?

Examining the complex sources of concerns about displacement and opposition to investment in low-income neighborhoods.

June 23, 2022 - Governing


The Return of Cities

Major cities like London continue their rebound from the pandemic, with some tweaks.

April 5, 2022 - The Spectator

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Kansas City: 'Silicon Prairie?'

The city's growth and the arrival of tech giants like Meta could signal a tech-based renaissance.

March 30, 2022 - Market Watch

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New Bus Rapid Transit Line Expected To Revitalize Indianapolis Neighborhoods

In addition to connecting residents to jobs and medical facilities, city leaders hope the BRT line will boost economic development along the route.

February 16, 2022 - NBC News

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6 Surprising Ways Communities Can Grow Their Businesses Amidst the Labor Shortage

While the labor shortage has affected businesses across the country, many communities have started taking steps to support area businesses and help them thrive.

January 30, 2022 - Devin Partida

City Kids

Seattle Accepting Proposals for Neighborhood Recovery Fund Projects

The fund will invest $6 million in community-led projects aimed at public space activation, digital equity, and other recovery strategies.

September 3, 2021 - The Urbanist

New York

How Downtown Public Space Investments Impact Equity

Efforts to revitalize declining downtowns have, in some cases, become catalysts for supporting small, minority-owned, local businesses.

August 6, 2021 - Brookings Institution

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The California Dream is Becoming Less Achievable

Anti-growth forces have made it close to impossible for many young people and newcomers to gain the upward mobility that has defined the state's success.

August 1, 2021 - The Atlantic

Seattle Transit

Well Funded Transportation Networks Promote Economic Development

Traditional strategies seek to attract major employers but often neglect the transportation networks that make commuting possible and convenient for more workers.

July 9, 2021 - Bloomberg CityLab

Manhattan Construction

The Future of Central Business Districts

Urbanist Richard Florida assesses post-pandemic possibilities for neighborhoods that once relied on 9-to-5 workers.

May 24, 2021 - Bloomberg CityLab

Washington D.C. COnstruction

Study: New Markets Tax Credit 'Does What it Promises, Most of the Time'

The program, which gives tax credits to investors, has resulted in added jobs, increased incomes, and low rates of displacement.

May 12, 2021 - Next City

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Dollar Stores Close to Half of New Store Openings in 2021

Expanding wealth inequality has contributed to the explosive growth of "dollar store" retailers.

May 12, 2021 - CNN

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L.A. Mayor Proposes Guaranteed Income Program

The city could give 2,000 families $1,000 a month in what would be the largest program of its kind in the country.

April 22, 2021 - LAist


What Is Gentrification?

Gentrification is a process of neighborhood change, usually resulting from an influx of relatively wealthy, white residents to a neighborhood. But that definition, and the controversies that follow, vary greatly by location, and there is no universally accepted definition of the term.

January 14, 2021 - James Brasuell


Pittsburgh-to-Cleveland Corridor Would Be Major Addition to National Trail Network

The 220-mile route would connect the two cities and could potentially boost the economies of communities along the stretch.

April 7, 2020 - Pittsburg Post-Gazette


Debating Public Incentives for Private Developments

A debate common in growing cities around the country is taking place in Atlanta in answer to the question of how much support private developers need from the public.

March 6, 2020 - Curbed Atlanta

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