Work

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

Maps

The Rapid Growth of the Suburban Poor

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

China 'Cancels' an Entire City

Chaohu, population 4 million, technically no longer exists

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

The Metro-covery and the Limits of Growth Without Growth

Productivity, not population, is the key metric

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

Aerotropolis Ambitions Falter in St. Louis

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

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

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

The Metropolitan Moment

Urban communities represent the true economic geography

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?

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