Also: Parakeets are taking over Europe, and Minneapolis understood that NIMBYism has victims.

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Thanks for the TIF: Readers, it’s time again for CityLab University. We asked you what urban policy concept you would like explained next and we got a resounding call for the urban redevelopment tool known as Tax Increment Financing, better known as TIF. You lovable nerds. If you’re not already familiar with it, you should be, because behind that dry-as-dust name is a powerful (and controversial) incentive tool for economic development.

(Madison Johnson)

By creating special tax districts around targeted redevelopment areas, TIFs can help steer investment to neighborhoods where it otherwise might not happen, but they also divert tax revenue away from other community services. TIF has played a role in megaprojects such as Chicago’s Lincoln Yards and Amazon’s HQ2 in Arlington, Virginia, but also in smaller-scale neighborhood improvements, affordable housing, and transit projects. Benjamin Schneider explains all in the latest edition of CityLab University: Tax Increment Financing

Andrew Small


More on CityLab

Kids Raised in Walkable Cities Earn More Money As Adults

A new study finds that even considering other factors, the walkability of a child’s neighborhood has a direct correlation to increased adult earnings.

Richard Florida

Yes, Parakeets Are Taking Over Europe. But Don’t Call It an Invasion.

Madrid has pledged to eradicate its growing non-native monk parakeet population. But in an urban wilderness, “invasive” species may have a role to play.

Feargus O'Sullivan

Minneapolis Saw That NIMBYism Has Victims

Single-family zoning hurts a lot of people. In Minnesota’s largest city, reformers put them front and center.

Richard D. Kahlenberg

Inside the Turbulent History of Uber

In his new book on the “Battle for Uber,” Mike Isaac chronicles the ruthless rise of the ride-hailing company and its founding CEO, Travis Kalanick.

Andrew Small



What We’re Reading

A design playscape is slated to come to Boston’s City Hall (Next City)

Study: 60 percent of Uber riders don’t tip their driver at all (Slate)

Underground lives: The sunless apartments of immigrants in Queens (New York Times)

London says air pollution fell by a third after new emissions rules (NPR)

Seattle doles out funds for residents to contribute to political campaigns. Can it withstand Citizens United? (Mother Jones)


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