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Empty New York City street during the COVID-19 pandemic with #NYSTRONG billboard in foreground.

Pandemic-Era Big City Population Loss More Dramatic Than We Thought

A new analysis indicates that many big cities saw their biggest population declines in at least a decade, with suburbs also showing a slowdown in growth.

July 13, 2022 - Brookings

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Census: Big Cities Lost Population During the Pandemic

For the first time in at least three decades, major metropolitan areas in the U.S. showed negative population growth during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 17, 2022 - Brookings

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Zoomers Breathing New Life Into Cities

Young renters are flocking to big cities with lucrative job markets and ample social amenities, belying the 'urban exodus' myth.

March 10, 2022 - RentCafé


Big Cities Aren't as Bad as People Think

Paul Krugman argues that the pervasive myth of cities as crime-ridden cesspools harms democracy and creates a false contrast between urban and small-town America.

July 21, 2021 - New York Times


Where Republican Mayors Are Taking Leadership on Climate Change

(Even if they don't talk about it very much.)

June 1, 2018 - The Conversation

7 Reasons Why Big Cities Matter

Writing for City Journal, Mario Polese argues that big cities are more important than ever, and backs up his argument with seven reasons they're luring people, from economies of scale to falling transportation and communication costs.

December 3, 2010 - City Journal

Big Cities Call Stimulus Distribution Unfair

Mayors from big cities are feeling shortchanged by the federal government, which they say is disproportionately handing out stimulus money to small and rural areas.

June 23, 2009 - Los Angeles Times

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