What Makes a City a Good Place to Live?

Good for the environment and innovation and a concentrated labor pool, top cities like Austin, Portland and Honolulu create positive externalities.

The Natural Resource Curse: Detroit?

Displaying all municipalities that filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection since 2010, this map shows cities, towns and counties in red (8) and utility authorities and other municipalities in black (28). With Detroit’s filing  most recent, this May 13 post…

A Low (Safety) Grade For a New Jersey Roadway

I have to admit that the Pulaski Skyway terrifies me. Driving across it, I always remember the Minneapolis bridge that collapsed during rush hour in 2007. The Pulaski Skyway is an 80-year-old rickety looking structure. A sister to the Minneapolis…

Geography Matters

According to Harvard economist Ed Glaeser, big US cities deserve our attention. Rather like a ripple, first, as ports, they attracted commerce. Commerce led to more affluence. The affluence brought more people. The people wanted better education. Better education generated…

Grandma and the City

In the U.S. 81% of us live in a city. Saying that cities generate more wealth, productivity and innovation, Brookings’ Research Director Alan Berube and Harvard’s Edward Glaeser applaud urbanization. In China, though, Grandma might not be so happy. More…

Is the Stimulus Package Working?

We will never know for sure whether the $787 billion stimulus package really made a difference. According to NY Times columnist David Brooks, President Obama’s economists predicted 3 million jobs would be created or saved while others suggest the impact will be…