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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

Flickr user Kyle McCluer, under a Creative Commons license

Holy Spirit Shopping Mall

A struggling mall finds new tenants in multiple storefront churches

Flickr user Kaizer Rangwala, licensed under Creative Commons

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

Flickr user Stuck in Customs, used under a Creative Commons license

The Metro-covery and the Limits of Growth Without Growth

Productivity, not population, is the key metric

Flickr user Butterfly Sha, used under a Creative Commons license

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

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport

Aerotropolis Ambitions Falter in St. Louis

Tax credits aimed at building a shipping hub slowly disintegrate in legislature

Reuters/Jason Reed

The Long Road to Recovery

We're going to need to shift to a whole new way of life before we see lasting economic change

Courtesy Headline Shirts

Bringing U.S. Manufacturing Back, One T-Shirt at a Time

San Francisco's SF Made is leading the charge to get American cities back in the business of making things

Rise of the Social City

Excerpts from the cutting room floor of my latest magazine feature

Courtesy Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program

The Metropolitan Moment

Urban communities represent the true economic geography