A brewpub and a coffee shop in Minnesota's Twin Cities have used this one-time payment method to save their businesses. And there's no reason to think the model can't spread.
Just think of the traffic.
A 100,000-square-foot facility in D.C.'s Anacostia will produce 1 million pounds of produce a year and provide up to 25 permanent jobs.
This small Western metro has some of the best rates of upward mobility in the country. Can the city sustain that as it grows and diversifies?
With smog keeping children indoors during winter months, the area's reputation for healthy outdoor living could be on the line.
With the LDS Church's financing of a huge downtown development, "in Salt Lake, the cranes kept moving," says Mayor Ralph Becker.
Boston's summer-jobs program puts thousands of teens in professional environments, giving them mentors and experience.
Shirley Franklin reflects on the difficulty of combatting economic inequality when times are good and voters have other priorities.
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?