FOCUS: Renewal

Stories of Urban Reinvention

Anthony Flint

Lessons From a Reinvented Military Base

The story of how this urban asset was re-purposed holds truths for cities engaged in similar transformations.

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What Really Happens When a City Makes Its Transit System Free?

Turns out there is such a thing as a free ride.

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To Fix Municipal Finances, States Need to Back Off

Many cities are powerless when it comes to controlling the money in their coffers. Here's how to fix that.

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Is Free Rent Enough to Jumpstart a Sleepy Commercial District?

Birmingham finds success with an innovative program to rejuvenate a neighborhood.

Kaid Benfield

This Is What a Neighborhood Revitalization Actually Looks Like

A low-income community in Boston taps homegrown business leaders for a brighter future.

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Is Your Region Innovative, Productive, Creative, or Just Populated?

A new study gauges the relative contribution of U.S. metros to population, innovation, and economic growth.

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Why All Those New Fees Your City Is Charging Are Likely Permanent

Cash-strapped local governments overwhelmingly turned to fees instead of raising taxes in recent years. And they like them.

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The Global Cities That Offer the Most Opportunity

A new report ranks the world's leading cities for economic, technological, and social opportunity.

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An Urban Farm Puts New Orleans Teens to Work

Grow Dat offers kids a chance to learn about urban farming and hunger.

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Radio, Not the Internet, Might Be The Future of Local News

For the first time, neighborhoods will be able to bid on local radio wavelengths. Here's what that means for cities.

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Want to Get More Families Into a City? Pay Their Kids' College Tuition

Promise programs are springing up in Rust Belt cities. But some are working better than others. Here's why.

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Compelling Evidence That Red-Light Cameras Do Make Roads Safer

In this ongoing debate, a new study finds that as red-light cameras go dark, red light running goes up — immediately.

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The Ingredients of 'Complete Communities'

Ideas for gauging our progress toward more equitable, affordable, sustainable, and walkable metros.

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Michigan Is Getting the Long-Term Unemployed Back to Work

A new state program matches companies with participants.

The Two Approaches to Cutting City Costs

There's a short-term and a long-term approach. Cities tried one, now they're looking to the other.

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Can Charlotte Rise Again?

The mayor's ambitious redevelopment plan faces steep hurdles in gaining support from a politically divided city.

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The Next Major Real Estate Cycle: Walkable Urbanism?

How shifting demand could pull real estate developers (in cities and the suburbs) in a new direction over the next generation.

Urban Prototyping: San Francisco

The Next Generation of DIY Urbanism Projects: So Much Cooler Than Parklets

Just wait til you see the PPPlanter on a street corner near you.