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The Economic Case for Paying Your Cashiers $40K a Year

Companies like Trader Joe's and Costco are proving that the decision to offer low wages is a choice, not an economic necessity.

How the Young Get Left Out of the Wealth Puzzle

The average wealth of today's 20 and 30-somethings is 7 percent below that of those in their 20s and 30s in 1983.

America's Infrastructure Earns a 'D+', Which Is Actually an Improvement

The nation's engineers surprise everyone with a slightly less dismal outlook on the state of our infrastructure.

SERIES

City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

McKinsey Global Institute

Urban App of the Day: Compare Global Cities on the iPad

See how places compare based on population, household income, and GPD.

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Reuters/Carlos Barria

Shanghai's Spectacular Growth, in One Photo

You don't need satellite imagery to see how much the city has changed.

LCCU

An Ingenious Banking Model: Speak Spanish and Serve Immigrants

For one North Carolina credit union, courting Latino immigrant members is a risk that pays off.

Todd Korol/Reuters

Ideas Trump Resources When it Comes to City Growth

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

Despite Austerity, Athens Completely Revamps Its Downtown

Tramlines! Bike paths! Trees! The plans could turn an area of shabby charisma into one of real, walkable charm.

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Sophie Quinton

San Antonio: A Hub for Investment in Mexico

The city exports more products and services to Mexico than 42 other American states combined.

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Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks

Mapping the Relationship Between Income and Rent

"Rich blocks, poor blocks."

Next Economy
Sophie Quinn

San Antonio's Ingenious Plan To Get Kids Good Jobs Out of High School

By bringing employers and schools together, the Alamo Academies suit the city's job needs and give students a head start.

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3 Charts That Explain Why You Spend So Much on Transportation

The affordability problem starts with planning that favors the automobile, argues a new report.

Car2Go

Share Everything: Why the Way We Consume Has Changed Forever

An old idea at the heart of cities will be integral to fitting millions more people inside of them in the 21st century.

Loco Steve/Matthias Rosenkranz

How Amtrak Could Become a Robust, Profitable Enterprise

We might have to choose between economic efficiency and geographic equality.

Wikimedia Commons/Larkin Development Group

An Urban-Suburban Compromise to Revitalize a Buffalo Neighborhood

Larkinville, Buffalo's most successful urban development initiative in decades, merges city hip with suburban convenience.

Maps
MPI's Zara Matheson

The Geography of America's Freelance Economy

The metros and occupations where independent workers earn the most.

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How Fort Collins Created America's First Zero-Energy District

The five participating employers were able to reduce peak-load demand by more than 20 percent.

Maps

Mapping the Legal Pot Era in Spokane

The city has approved a local ordinance and even drawn districts for retailers — now it waits.