Economic Development

The Commuting Penalty of Being Poor and Black in Chicago

Low-wage black workers have longer commutes than whites traveling to the same kinds of jobs.

The Global Map of Homophobia

As eyes turn to Sochi, a look at the countries where it's worst (and best) to be gay.

Spring Training Stadiums Are a Bad Investment, And No One Cares

One Arizona city spent roughly $100 million to keep the Chicago Cubs, despite little evidence their leaving would hurt the local economy.

The Next Destination for Liberal-Arts Education Is ... Arizona?

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.

Are Streetcars Part of the Transit Network?

Are they primarily about economic development or getting people around a city?

The Amazing Endurance of Slums

Despite major advances, the world's slum population will likely double to 2 billion by 2050.

Why Big Cities Matter in the Developing World

They can act as economic engines for entire countries.

Will Cincinnati's Streetcar Go the Way of Its Abandoned Subway?

The city must decide soon whether to keep the project going — or pay back $45 million in federal funding.

How the Streetcar Shaped Post-Katrina New Orleans

The system attracted commercial developers but may have displaced residential ones.

The Wealthy Country Trap

New research finds life satisfaction peaks around $36,000 GDP per capita. Then it goes down.

Where 'Eds and Meds' Industries Could Become a Liability

If U.S. health care and education starts to cluster, some metro areas will lose.

The 4 Basic Factors to Brooklyn's Rise

According to Robert K. Steel, New York's deputy mayor for economic development.

The Surprising Key to Making Transit-Oriented Development Work

Turns out quality matters less than government support.

El Paso Ushers in Its Downtown Renewal With a 'Demolition Weekend'

The Texas city gets started on a broad downtown improvement plan in dramatic fashion.

Could Kickstarter Work as a Tool for Neighborhood Economic Development?

The city of Chicago tries to leverage the platform better known for funding design projects and cutting-edge products.

Booming Asian Cities Are Tugging The World's Center of Light East

The light of urban development seen from space can tell us much about the shape of the world's economy.

Ideas Trump Resources When it Comes to City Growth

Natural resources can help, but enduring economic growth is powered by talent and ideas.

'My Brooklyn' Tells a Story of Gentrification and Loss

The documentary takes aim at developers and city officials who smilingly insist that "change is good."

Regardless How They're Counted, Incentives Do Nothing for Economic Development

A follow-up on our analysis of The New York Times series on state and local incentives to business.