POV

A Lawyer’s Playbook to Fight State Preemption

How can blue cities fight back against red states? Here are four lines of defense.  

How Low Did He Go?

The story: Robert Moses ordered engineers to build the Southern State Parkway’s bridges extra-low, to prevent poor people in buses from using the highway. The truth? It’s a little more complex.

How Mayors Can Drive Inclusive Growth

In the race to create innovation districts in low-income urban areas, city leaders play a key role.  

Three Keys to Inclusive Growth

To create economic opportunities, cities must confront their past—and look to the future.

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Private Mobility Services Need To Share Their Data. Here's How.

If ride-hailing companies want to act like public buses, cities will need their numbers to make policy decisions.  

Police Aren't Getting Better at Solving Murders

Why is the clearance rate in U.S. cities so low?

A new apartment rises in Cleveland's University Circle neighborhood, one of the region's major job hubs.

One Key to a Rust Belt Comeback: Job Hubs

Cleveland is looking to make inclusive growth attainable by connecting jobs to people and people to jobs.

'Rogue' bike-share bikes are pictured.

Cities Can’t Afford to Let ‘Rogue’ Bike Shares Run Wild

There’s a reason cities and companies partner up to launch bike-share systems. Disrupting this model could cause more harm than good.

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Density Without Demolition

Tearing down old buildings won’t make our cities more affordable or inviting. It’s time to make better use of the buildings and spaces we already have.

Does Innovation Equal Gentrification?

Fears of displacement often accompany efforts to create urban innovation districts. They shouldn’t.

Counterpoint: D.C.'s Carnegie Library Is a Fine Place for an Apple Store

We should liberalize our notion of what constitutes an acceptable reuse strategy for grand-dame civic buildings.

Hartford's Capewell Horsenail Factory in 2005, abandoned for decades and heavily contaminated. It's now a luxury loft apartment building.

EPA: Don't Make New Brownfields

It doesn’t make sense to keep funding toxic cleanup efforts while simultaneously loosening regulations.

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The Comeback Investment in Cities

Social impact investing can enlist companies, philanthropic institutions, and residents in a shared sense of destiny.

Macron's 3 Metropolitan Challenges

From France, lessons in negotiating the issues facing U.S. cities, from immigration to economic anxiety.  

How Not To Prepare For the Self-Driving Revolution

While some states are tightening regulations on autonomous vehicles, others are eagerly courting them. What’s the smartest approach?

The Wrong Way to Grow a City

A lesson from Cleveland: To avoid deepening inequality, prepare for economic growth before it starts.

Infrastructure's Big Moment Is Coming

With a promised $1 trillion in investments on the horizon, U.S. cities could see an historic building boom. But today’s shovel-ready project can be tomorrow’s expensive mistake.

The Private Lives of Quasi-Public Agencies

Nonprofit urban development corporations are fixtures of American cities—but they can lack public accountability and transparency.

Seeking Sunlight In a Skyscraper City

Laws around it date back to Vitruvius, but now city designers can use complex data analytics to build urban spaces around light and shadow.

How to Survive a Retail Meltdown

Cities and suburbs are getting clobbered by the collapse of the retail sector. But there are ways to use the crisis as a way to speed long-overdue land use reforms.