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‘Shawshank Redemption’: 5 Adaptive Reuse Strategies for Shuttered Jails

Redeveloping closed correctional facilities in ways that foster just and thriving communities is a growing trend across the United States.

May 15, 2024 - Vera

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Revitalizing Texas: Sustainable Rail Solutions

An argument for why investing in trains is the key to sustainable growth and economic success in the Lone Star State.

November 8, 2023 - Mustafa Haque

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Jersey City and Newark: A Tale of Renaissance and Stagnation

The rise and fall (and rise again) of two great American cities teach us lessons about racism, economic opportunity, and more.

October 19, 2023 - Marcelo Remond

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How to Kickstart an Urban Resurgence

In the age of remote work, relying on major employers to boost a city’s economic fortunes may no longer be enough.

October 12, 2023 - Route Fifty

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New Book Analyzes America’s Poorest Communities

The similarities between the nation’s most disadvantaged areas, often rural, reveal the economic patterns that lead to chronic poverty.

October 6, 2023 - The Daily Yonder

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Salt Lake City Bucks Downtown Decline Trend

The city’s central business district is bustling with more activity than before the pandemic.

July 25, 2023 - Governing

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New York City's Dancing Prohibition Remains a Barrier to Entry, Equality

New York’s 1960s-era zoning code still prohibits dancing in small bars and restaurants in more than 80 percent of the city, but Mayor Eric Adams and advocates want to change that.

May 16, 2023 - Mark H. McNulty

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How Is Supply Chain Expansion Impacting Urban Development?

Supply chain expansion can have specific impacts on urban development as people move to metropolitan areas and require more involved participation at all levels of the supply chain.

May 10, 2023 - Devin Partida

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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

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