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Richard Florida discusses Jane Jacobs on her Centenary

Richard Florida discusses Jane Jacobs on her Centenary
martinprosperity.org — Jane Jacobs is the Godmother of modern urbanism. Her 1961 book the Death and Life of Great American Cities, helped shift the focus of urban planning from a top down approach to a more organic, grass roots one that focused on cities and their citizens. For her centenary, the Martin Prosperity Institute's director [...]

On Jane Jacobs' 100th Birthday, a Look at Her Predictions From the 'Dark Age Ahead'

On Jane Jacobs' 100th Birthday, a Look at Her Predictions From the 'Dark Age Ahead'
citylab.com — Jane Jacobs was always ahead of her time. In her trilogy of urban works, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, The Economy of Cities, and Cities and the Wealth of Nations, written in the 1960s and mid-1980s, she not only outlined the key elements of great neighborhoods and effective urbanism, but also predicted the back-to-the city movement.

Where Millennials and the Working Class Can No Longer Afford to Live

Where Millennials and the Working Class Can No Longer Afford to Live
routefifty.com — As the knowledge economy becomes increasingly spiky, concentrated, and urban, some of America's most expensive cities like New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Boston have become even more unaffordable. But the burden of escalating housing costs is not spread evenly, hitting some groups harder than others.

Inner City Growth and Competition in the U.S.

Inner City Growth and Competition in the U.S.
citylab.com — In the 1950s and '60s, America's inner cities experienced sharp declines as people and businesses moved out to the suburbs. By the early 1970s, one of my urban planning professors at Rutgers went so far as to dub the inner city " a sandbox," with federal transfers being used to essentially placate disadvantaged residents.

Human capital in cities and suburbs

Human capital in cities and suburbs
link.springer.com — Research on talent or human capital generally focuses on the metro level and neglects the relative effects of its distribution between center cities and their surrounding suburbs. This research examines the connection between human capital in urban centers (defined here as principal cities) versus suburbs on the economic performance of US metropolitan areas.

The Gayest Cities in America

The Gayest Cities in America
thedailybeast.com — The U.S. metropolitan region with the largest concentration of gay and lesbian people is San Francisco. That's not exactly news, but there are more than a few surprises in the Gay/Lesbian Index's metro-area rankings.

The Geography of America's Music Scenes

The Geography of America's Music Scenes
citylab.com — Major summer music festivals - like this past weekend's Lollapalooza in Chicago, as well as Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tennessee; Coachella near Palm Springs, California; Summerfest in Milwaukee; and the Newport Folk Festival, to mention just a few - bring fans together to specific locales to listen to bands from all over the world.

The Geography of America's Freelance Economy

The Geography of America's Freelance Economy
citylab.com — Writing in The Atlantic back in 2011, Sara Horowitz, the founder of Freelancers Union, dubbed the "freelance surge" the "Industrial Revolution of our time" - as significant a shift in employment patterns as has been seen since the transition from agriculture to industry in the 1800s.

Millennials and the Working Class Are Leaving America's Expensive Cities

Millennials and the Working Class Are Leaving America's Expensive Cities
citylab.com — As the knowledge economy becomes increasingly spiky, concentrated, and urban, some of America's most expensive cities like New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Boston have become even more unaffordable. But the burden of escalating housing costs is not spread evenly, hitting some groups harder than others.

The Economies of L.A. and San Francisco

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May 04, 2016

Jane Jacobs predicted the unravelling of American society that would lead to Trumpism ... My latest @CityLab citylab.com/politics/2016/…

May 04, 2016

Trump represents the backwardness of the GOP & its long slide into irrelevance ... (I'm surely hoping that) ... httpnytimes.com/2016/05/04/opi…

May 04, 2016

RT @RBReich: Nate Cohn of the New York Times goes into exhaustive detail here about why he and so many other political... fb.me/WosMbjFVSpwk6

May 04, 2016

Why I think #JaneJacobs was a thinker who ranks alongside Schumpeter, Weber & Marx - (podcast): httpmartinprosperity.org/content/richar…


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