December 9, 2016, 7am PST
The U.S. remains largely a suburban nation, though central cities are experiencing a great comeback after years of population loss. But what exactly is a suburb? A new report from the Urban Land Institute provides answers by providing subcategories.
August 5, 2016, 9am PDT
Urban vs. rural is just one example of the many false dichotomies presented as fact during the presidential campaign. A more nuanced understanding of these terms reveals more of the country's real character.
June 22, 2016, 2pm PDT
As urban economies continue their upward trajectory, residents of counties once considered rural are commuting to cities. This has had both negative and positive effects on the communities in question.
November 10, 2015, 8am PST
Academia's "two-body problem" may be affecting other industries as women pursue more specialized careers and marry similarly educated men. Two-career couples are likely to gravitate toward larger metro areas with job opportunities for both partners.
StatChat: the blog of the UVA Demographics Research Group
March 12, 2015, 12pm PDT
According to a Denver Post article, the Denver metropolitan area has 31,000 homes in the development pipeline. All but 2,600 of those homes would be built in suburban counties surrounding Denver.
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 28, 2014, 10am PDT
A new plan is afoot in Britain that will devolve centralized power away from central government and out into metropolitan areas. Bruce Katz sees lessons for the United States in the experience of United Kingdom.
July 20, 2014, 9am PDT
Will a large city do what its county voters refused to do—fund the county bus system, though largely within city limits? Seattle voters will be put to the test in November when asked to pay an annual $60 vehicle fee and 0.1% sales tax.
April 28, 2014, 11am PDT
It's a pattern seen as recently as two years ago in metro Atlanta: a crucial transit measure wins in the central city but dies in the more populous suburbs. The fix is to craft a city-only transit initiative—just what advocates in Seattle will do.
April 23, 2014, 5am PDT
According to new analysis by Nate Silver, New York City might be more aptly described as the city that sleeps in.
March 31, 2014, 5am PDT
New Census data describes the country’s movement toward large metropolitan areas. Following the recent population growth in cities like Houston and New York, nearly one in three Americans reside in the country’s ten most populated cities.
The Washington Post - Wonkblog
March 12, 2014, 8am PDT
Chuck Eckenstahler examines the “Benton Harbor Rule”—the desired funding and support that comes from a designation by the federal government as “metropolitan.” But does the “metropolitan” designation pay off as intended?
January 31, 2014, 12pm PST
The United State Conference of Mayors recently released a report projecting moderate growth for almost all of the country’s metropolitan areas. A survey of coverage on the report reveals multiple readings of the state of the economy.
June 18, 2013, 2pm PDT
In an essay adapted from their new book, Jennifer Bradley and Bruce Katz examine America's traditional 'dual sovereignty' federalism. They argue that metropolitan areas should play a greater role in governance through a collaborative federalism.
July 6, 2011, 9am PDT
A Brookings Institute report shows that the difference between crime in the suburbs and cities has drastically decreased, and argues that the current drop in crime rates weakens the correlation between ethnic groups and crime.
The Brookings Institution
April 12, 2011, 7am PDT
Regional business planning and cooperation at the metropolitan level is creating hubs of prosperity in the U.S.
April 2, 2011, 5am PDT
Using data from the 2010 U.S. Census, <em>Salon</em> lists out 10 urban areas where race segregation is most prevalent.
March 21, 2011, 8am PDT
This latest report from <em>The Brookings Institution</em> tracks economic recovery in 100 American metropolitan areas
The Brookings Institution
October 28, 2010, 5am PDT
Suggestions of a county seceding from the Atlanta Regional Commission could threaten transportation funding in the region and hurt those towns looking to bow out, according to this column.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 7, 2010, 5am PDT
Brookings says that the old distinctions no longer apply; we're headed into an era of "Next Frontier", "New Heartland" and "Diverse Giant" metros.