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A Regional Vision for the Great Lakes

A 100-year plan for the region focuses on harnessing abundant freshwater to fuel an economic rebirth

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Greater Competitiveness Does Not Have to Mean Greater Inequality

Turns out the U.S. is an outlier when it comes to creative paths to prosperity

Carlos Barria / Reuters

Suburban Food Banks Feel Strain of Recession

Infrastructure for poverty assistance in the suburbs can't keep up with increased demand

ERIC THAYER / Reuters

Entire Bridge Stolen for Scrap

Stealing and reselling copper wire from abandoned homes is so yesterday

Reuters

Warren Buffett's Community Revitalization Crusade

The billionaire recently joined an effort to redevelop inner-city areas "holistically"

REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

The Creative Class Is Alive

A brief rebuttal to Scott Timberg's recent essay

REUTERS/Tim Chong

The Global Creativity Index

The U.S. stacks up better in this updated measure of the competitiveness of countries

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Holy Spirit Shopping Mall

A struggling mall finds new tenants in multiple storefront churches

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How Suburban Sprawl Works Like a Ponzi Scheme

Ending the economic crisis in cities means ensuring a higher rate of return on infrastructure investments

REUTERS/Edgar Su

The World's Leading Creative Class Countries

The U.S. has fallen far behind in this key measure of human capital

REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Has the Renaissance of Downtowns Been Overhyped?

Detroit's central business district is making a comeback, but nationally, the trend is less clear

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REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

For the Unemployed, Geography Can Be Destiny

Not every place and every citizen has been affected by the recession the same way

REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

A Better Way to Measure Poverty

New York's leading the way on incorporating geography into poverty measures, and the federal government's not far behind

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The Rapid Growth of the Suburban Poor

2000s mark a turning point in the geography of American poverty

Jianan Yu / Reuters

China 'Cancels' an Entire City

Chaohu, population 4 million, technically no longer exists

A worker at the General Motors Cruze assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio. (Reuters/Aaron Josefczyk)

Signs of Recovery in the Great Lakes

Manufacturing job growth rates in the region are looking up, but there's still a long way to go

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The Metro-covery and the Limits of Growth Without Growth

Productivity, not population, is the key metric

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The Economics of Saving Independent Businesses

Everyone loves the idea of the neighborhood book store, but signing petitions isn't going to keep them open