The big three are key to the city's revival.
Downtown Detroit is brimming with new condos, start-ups, and breweries. But for the city to make a comeback, it needs a new middle class.
Mike Duggan took over the reins at a time of crisis. Can he deliver change?
Boston is trying to ensure female workers earn as much as men by asking local companies to rethink perks like flexibility and child care.
One way to boost earnings of single, low-income women is to urge them to seek out jobs in skilled trades instead of retail and service gigs.
Organizations like River Action in Davenport, Iowa, work with governments and businesses to rebuild waterfront communities.
Hope SF aims to provide social services for residents in a city where property values are skyrocketing.
One Arizona city spent roughly $100 million to keep the Chicago Cubs, despite little evidence their leaving would hurt the local economy.
Developers on the eastern edge of Mesa are building a new mixed-use master-planned community, friendly to both residents and big businesses.
The mayor of Mesa lured five liberal-arts colleges to town as part of a creative strategy to boost local economic activity and to keep smart students in the region.
The GOP leader of Mesa, Arizona, championed a new property tax; loves mass transit; and lured liberal-arts colleges to his city. Can these moves propel him to higher office in a red state?
It's got 3-D printers, laser cutters, sewing machines, and its own roast coffee, named "shush."
When there's no other arts funding in sight, there's always the municipal waste budget.
Nearly 40 percent of Providence's land is occupied by institutions that do not pay taxes. That worked fine until the city needed cash.
Young children who hear fewer words do worse in school. Providence wants to close the gap.
Providence's mayor tamed his city's money problems in just one term. Will that propel him to statewide office?
People in underserved communities want better food. They just can't afford it.
It's one of the few cities to emerge from the recession unscathed. But for its economy to keep growing, Washington must wean itself from the government.
How, exactly, do they create jobs? We're not really sure.