November 30, 2016, 1pm PST
Since the 1970s, many American cities have played host to rising rents and stagnant incomes. Richard Florida writes about how the "great rent squeeze" might be choking the country's economic prospects.
October 19, 2016, 11am PDT
Two economists discuss how specific kinds of deregulation could speed up growth. They emphasize planning issues: local overregulation of development and the high cost of infrastructure, among others.
August 25, 2016, 12pm PDT
The study compares data between 1993 and 2009.
March 10, 2016, 1pm PST
A new policy paper argues that real economic development reaches all levels of the economy—not just the top.
April 22, 2015, 8am PDT
The data shows Minneapolis recovered from the recession more quickly than Chicago. And its growth rates continue to surpass those of its larger neighbor. Why did this happen, and which policies deserve credit?
Metropolitan Planning Council
January 23, 2015, 2pm PST
A new report by the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program analyzes the growth of the world's 300 largest metropolitan areas.
October 23, 2014, 2pm PDT
A study comparing urbanization and per capita GDP between 1980 and 2011 questions common assumptions about the connections between economic growth and cities.
July 15, 2014, 7am PDT
Henry Grabar beckons the death of the McMansion, calling it an "American embarrassment" with no easy solution for planners.
May 13, 2014, 6am PDT
A report from the Long Island Index explores the economic impact of a new Third Track on the Long Island Rail Road.
February 27, 2014, 12pm PST
Forbes recently released its annual list of America’s Fastest-Growing Cities. The list considers both population and economy.
October 22, 2013, 11am PDT
No one likes to be stuck in traffic. But while empty streets may look great from behind the wheel of a car, they could signal a city in distress. A new study identifies the tipping point at which congestion becomes a drag on a city's economy.
October 2, 2013, 1pm PDT
If your city isn't attracting hordes of new residents does that mean it's not growing economically? Richard Florida and his colleagues seek to undermine those who equate population growth with economic health.
May 8, 2013, 1pm PDT
A simple graphic posted to Reddit recently shows that more than half of the world's total population resides within a circle drawn over Asia. For Matthew Yglesias, it "underscores the fundamental truth of 21st-century economics."
January 23, 2013, 8am PST
China's slowing economy has prompted calls from economists to reconsider the "one-child" policy that has contributed to a shrinking labor pool. It's annual population growth rate was .57% for 2000-2010. By comparison, the U.S. rate was .97%
November 30, 2012, 6am PST
Using new analysis of recent US Census data, Richard Florida demonstrates that “[c]ities and regions where density is more concentrated near their urban cores — appear to gain the biggest economic advantage.” That, and a tad more happiness.
October 27, 2012, 11am PDT
Economists see America's recovering housing market as a positive indication of the country's economic health. But according to a new study, rising home prices "decrease income mobility and ultimately hurt the U.S. economy," reports Nicole Goodkind.
October 2, 2012, 5am PDT
Despite heated political rhetoric on the national stage, the Toledo mayor courts Chinese investors.
April 11, 2012, 7am PDT
Ben Schiller delves into recent rankings that aim to demonstrate how smaller sized counties can achieve sustainable economic impacts.
March 28, 2012, 1pm PDT
Michael Coren examines the influence of internet connection speeds on economic production and the reasons why he believes "broadband will become the interstate highways of the 21st century."
March 23, 2012, 11am PDT
It's unlikely to surprise anyone to learn that Times Square is an invaluable asset to New York City's economy, but as Patrick McGeehan points out, it has as much to do with offices as with hotels and entertainment.
New York Times - City Room Blog