Economy

Dealing with the current economy

Enough about the Millennials already!

Be careful about lazy research.

Defending urban freeways at all costs ignores the potential of cities

When freeways are dismantled, economic and social benefits often follow. A mid-20th Century mechanistic view fails to understand such outcomes.

Texas: The new smart growth state

Arthur C. Nelson explains why pro-sprawl pundit Wendell Cox has it backwards when he claimed in the The Wall Street Journal that smart growth policies caused the housing crash.

The business case for compact cities and towns

Innovation and access to good employees -- two reasons why businesses are choosing to locate in walkable downtowns and towns centers.

The city that wouldn't die

More than 10,000 jobs have been added to downtown Detroit in the last few years, and that number is expected to top 15,000 by 2015.

Populist urbanism: Beyond the creative class

A couple of recent stories on Better! Cities & Towns point to an ongoing problem: New Urbanism, smart growth, and related trends need to work on their appeal to working class and minority groups.

Walkability and the American Dream

Upward mobility is strongly correlated with compact, walkable communities — largely in cities but also in suburbs.

Intergenerational mobility vs. sprawl: Is there a connection?

To look more closely at the connection between mobility and sprawl, we compared the mobility rates to neighborhood Walk Scores. Our results lend support to Paul Krugman’s hypothesis.

How suburbia inhibits the American Dream

Nobel Prize winner and Times columnist Paul Krugman examines how the spread-out development patterns of the US are keeping Horatio Alger down.

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