University Park Alliance

Building Community Around Downtown Jobs

An ambitious plan takes shape to revive downtown Akron


Getting Pop-Ups to Take Root

Programs aim to make temporary business turn permanent


The People and Places Behind England’s Summer Riots

A new report examines social and physical factors behind August's violent protests


Note to Lenders: Inner-City Small Businesses Don't Need More Real Estate

Research shows federal programs designed to help small businesses aren't helping very much

Ruth Samuelson

Mexico Tries to Start its Own Black Friday

The annual mega-sale concept sees a soft landing south of the border


Start-Up New York?

New York City is well positioned to overtake Silicon Valley as the country's tech innovation leader

Chuck Wolfe

Resetting Urban Land Use: What’s Next?

A new report predicts how - and where - we'll be living in the near future


Brazil's Population Is Now Majority Minority

Preliminary results from 2010 census shows the mixed-race and black population has tipped the scale at the same time the country's cities saw remarkably high growth rates


Needed: An Economic Performance Index for Cities

Better metrics would allow for increased investment in the world's metro areas


For Tupelo and Toyota, a Shared Second Chance

A decade in the making, Mississippi's newest auto plant is set to change the face of this city of 38,000


Cities and the Creative Class in Asia

How countries like China and Malaysia built a new generation of highly skilled workers faster than anywhere else


A Walmart, Once Spurned, Now Welcomed With Open Arms

Officials in Kansas thought Walmart would ruin a mixed use development. Seven years later, the big box store is the project's saving grace

Kai Hagen

A Good Use for all Those Empty Suburban Developments

Farmers are reclaiming unused sprawl to grow crops


The Hidden Cost of Farmers' Markets

When locally grown food isn't transported efficiently, it can have a surprisingly big carbon footprint 


Weekend Roundup: Explainer Edition

A look at some of the week's best stories


How the Plummeting Price of Cocaine Fueled the Nationwide Drop in Violent Crime

Competition in the illicit drug trade and reduced incentives for small-time dealers all coincided with this dramatic shift in U.S. cities


Do Nonprofit Hospitals Make Too Much Money?

Some of the most profitable hospitals in the nation are nonprofits, but they still receive tons of tax breaks

Does Anyone Own the Rights to Shipping Container Designs?

A UK developer says a temporary mall in New Zealand infringes on his intellectual property rights