Director, @MartinProsperiT University of Toronto, Global Research Professor NYU, Editor at Large @AtlanticCities

The Changing Geography of Pop Music — The big winners in Sunday night's Grammy Awards took many by surprise. Arcade Fire took home the record of the year for "The Suburbs" and the country group Lady Antebellum's song "Need You Now" won awards for best record and best song of the year. The former is from Montreal, the latter hail from Nashville.

The Urban Shift in the U.S. Start-Up Economy, in One Chart — San Francisco's SoMa neighborhood; Cambridge, Massachusetts' Kendall Square; Lower Manhattan: These are the dense, walkable neighborhoods that have become the new hubs of America's tech scene, as the center of gravity for venture investment and start-up activity shifts from suburbs to urban centers.

Why San Francisco May Be the New Silicon Valley — A decade ago, billionaire entrepreneurs Peter Thiel and Elon Musk decided to take booming start-up PayPal public from a small coffee shop along Palo Alto's University Avenue. The street, the epicenter of Silicon Valley high tech, also helped incubate such now-established giants as Facebook and Google.

The New Global Centers for Talent — Over the past couple of decades, talent has supplanted endowments of natural resources and the technological and industrial prowess of large corporations as the source of economic advantage for nations and cities. Jane Jacobs initially identified the economic power of talent clustering in cities, and a raft of economic studies has since confirmed that concentrations of human capital drive national and regional economic growth and development.

Why the U.S. and Europe Have Little to Fear From the Rise of Chinese Science — Much is made of China's rise as the world's next great power. China is forecasted to surge past the United States as the world's largest economy by 2024, according to analysis by JPMorgan Chase & Co. And according to a recent study, China has already nearly eclipsed the United States and other Western nations as the world's leading center for science.

A Plan for a More Inclusive San Francisco — At the same time that they're making a comeback, America's cities are becoming more economically divided, facing a new set of profound challenges. The San Francisco Bay Area metro in particular has seen a powerful influx of talent and tech investment, pulling startups and venture investment away from even Silicon Valley.

The Fading Distinction Between City and Suburb — Most of us who are sometimes labeled "urbanists" believe the new age of the city is squarely upon us. Cities and urban neighborhoods once counted for dead are adding people, in some cases faster than the suburbs; at the same time, we're seeing shortages of affordable housing in some of America's largest and most vibrant cities.

The Limits of Density — Density is all the rage these days. Urban economists, some of whom could be heard extolling the praises of "sun, skills, and sprawl" just a few years ago, now see increasing density as the key to improving productivity and driving economic growth.

S.F.’s dilemma: boom is pushing out those who make it desirable — Because it’s worth it. While techies and knowledge workers make enough extra in salary and income to afford it, the city’s working and middle classes fall further behind, accelerating a dual migration in which the affluent are pouring into the city while longtime residents and lower-paid workers are being pushed out.

A Conversation With Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan — "Every neighborhood has a future" was Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan's campaign slogan when he ran for office in 2013. Now, just a few months into his tenure, it's clear that his message-one that spat in the face of Detroit's bankruptcy, its curtailed social services, and its high crime rate-will be a difficult one to implement.
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Oct 23, 2014

What an incredible event tonite with Ray Kurzweil and Amanda Lang. Thanks to everyone for tweeting. #sfups

Oct 22, 2014

San Francisco Is Losing Its 'Creative Class' Because Of High Rent - HuffPo Live -…

Oct 22, 2014

RT @yfreemark: ATL rail didn't expand to suburbs because they were rich, white. Now suburbs are poor, black = rail wanted. Progress?…

Oct 22, 2014

RT @LDWeinberg: Must-read @TheAtlantic story abt how 1/5 of Detroit residents cld lose their homes to foreclosure via @CityLab

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