Work

Exactly When Is a City Strong Enough to Spar With Walmart?

A delicate calculation.

An Effort to Gather the Best New Urban Policy Innovations in One Place

According to a survey of 200 experts.

Why Walmart Still Hasn't Crushed the Regional Grocery Store

Brand loyalty still plays a big role even though supermarkets mostly sell all the same stuff.

Next Economy

How a Simple Piece of Legislation Transformed a City's Entire Economy

Sioux Falls used to be a sleepy agriculture town. Now, it's one of the country's leading banking centers.

Cars and Houses Will Save the American Economy

Unless Washington gets in the way.

The Connection Between Venture Capital and Diverse, Dense Communities

Start-up activity today is associated with more talent-driven, more innovative metros.

That's Right, Los Angeles Is Giving Up Car Lanes for Pedestrians

Six lanes of traffic will be reduced to three in the city's plan to improve the walkability of Broadway.

How Sunshine Shapes Cities' Population Growth, in One Chart

The grand conclusion? Americans love warm weather.

Next Economy

Is Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the Next Boom Town?

Mayor Mike Huether wants you to know that North Dakota isn't the only state boasting low unemployment and a growing population.

High-Tech Challengers to Silicon Valley

San Jose's lock on high-tech activity is no longer what it once was.

How Africa's New Urban Centers Are Shifting Its Old Colonial Boundaries

The continent's booming new economic zones are outstripping the ability of weak central governments to retain their hold on them.

CityFixer

Overcoming the 'Ick' Factor in Urban Composting

Simplifying both the message and the process has worked wonders for San Francisco.

A Remarkably Simple Idea to End the Cycle of Abandoned Factories

Make the companies that build these places buy insurance policies to pay for dismantling them.

44 Percent of Young College Grads Are Underemployed (and That's Good News)

Sure, the number sounds scary. But historically speaking, it's more normal than you think.

Homes Near Public Transit Are Less Likely to Go Into Default

Also, living near a freeway or suffering through long commutes ups your risk of foreclosure.

Dutch Coffee Shop Owners Found Guilty of Selling Cannabis to Foreigners

The country's reputation as a haven of drug tolerance took a knock yesterday.

Is the U.S. Turning Into a Nation of Temps? Depends on Where You Live

Temporary employment accounted for 15 percent of the nation's job growth over the past four years, but some metro areas are worse off than others.

Maps

Map: The Most Famous Brand From Every State

The first map we've ever seen showing a Hooters next to Saks.