Economy

Dealing with the current economy

As residents depart Detroit, watch out for fast-moving farm machinery

After losing a quarter of its population in the past decade, Detroit is now smaller than Austin, Texas; Charlotte, North Carolina, or Jacksonville, Florida.

Big boxes, dull cities

It’s strange to see cities being urged to open their arms to mass-market, common-denominator retailers when the best urban economic thinking holds that consolidation of business into a few big players is bad for a local economy.

For coworking, a bigger space isn't necessarily better

A majority of people who use "coworking" spaces prefer one with fewer than 20 individuals; that could be good for storefronts and other not-so-big buildings.

Japan, black swans, and debt

The natural order of things tends to treat systems that are both complex and efficient very cruelly.

LEED-ND, focus of an exhibit, is gaining use among governments

“Neighborhoods Go Green!” prepares to open in Washington, and LEED-ND makes its first appearance in a city comprehensive plan.

Wal-Mart. Too big to fail.

Wal-Mart's business model, like everything else American, relies on ever-increasing rates of growth.

Maryland finding: Close-in housing has held value better

In the real estate downturn since 2007, houses outside state's Priority Funding Areas declined in value faster than those inside the boundaries.

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