Aaron Renn

Aaron Renn

Aaron Renn is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, a contributing editor at its quarterly magazine, City Journal, and author of the recent report, “How Stagnating Cities Can Prepare for the Future.”

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A Car-Centric City Makes a Bid for a Better Bus System

Indianapolis is set to unveil a potentially transformative all-electric bus rapid transit line, along with a host of major public transportation upgrades.

The sign for General Motors Flint Assembly Plant in Flint, Michigan.

How to Bring Back Struggling Cities

A Manhattan Institute report offers strategies to revitalize such struggling cities as Johnstown, Pennsylvania; Pittsfield, Massachusetts; and Youngstown, Ohio.

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Cities: Don’t Fall in the Branding Trap

From Instagram stunts to Edison bulbs, why do so many cities’ marketing plans try to convince people that they’re exactly like somewhere else?

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.