Aaron Renn

Aaron Renn is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and a contributing editor at its quarterly magazine, City Journal.

Indianapolis, Indiana, was one of Amazon's 20 finalist cities for HQ2.

Cities That Lost Amazon's HQ2 Contest Can Still End Up Ahead

There’s a silver lining for the 235 places that did not win.

The Other Side of Brain Drain

Cities are rightfully concerned about losing well-educated residents and high-paying jobs. But sometimes, they come back.

How to Save a Dying Suburb

For older, inner-ring suburbs in the Northeast and Midwest, the best hope often lies in merging with the city.

Amazon’s Second Headquarters Is a Golden Opportunity for the Heartland

The company’s latest plan is a big test of the thesis that coastal cities are capped out.

The Next Big Challenge for Small Downtowns

America’s smaller cities are winning people back with an explosion of new residential and entertainment options. Now they need to get serious about private sector job growth—and tech isn’t the silver bullet.