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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

Yuriko Nakao, Reuters

The 25 Most Economically Powerful Cities in the World

Most of the world's capacity for economic growth is centered in its metro areas. Which cities top the list?

Reuters/Lucy Nicholson

Dallas + Austin + Houston + San Antonio = 'Texas Miracle'

The Lone Star State’s only jobs advantage: 4 fast-growing metros

Detroit: City on the Move

A 1965 promotional film for Detroit reminds us how far the city fell behind