Director, @MartinProsperiT University of Toronto, Global Research Professor NYU, Co-founder & Editor at Large @CityLab, Founder, Creative Class Group

The Downsides of the Back-to-the-City Movement — A tale of winners and losers. The back-to-the city movement is a cause for celebration for some who see it as reviving previously fading cities and ushering in an era of denser, more innovative and sustainable urban growth.

A Theory of 'Well-Tempered' Cities — Jonathan F. P. Rose's new book proposes a way to adapt to the challenges human-built cities face: through harmony with nature. There's an aphorism often attributed to the jazz bassist and band leader Charles Mingus: "Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that's easy.

What Cities Really Need to Attract Entrepreneurs, According to Entrepreneurs — Hint: It's not favorable tax rates. Creating high-growth, high-impact entrepreneurial enterprises has become a common goal of cities. Metros and states have cut taxes, implemented entrepreneur-friendly business policies, launched their own venture capital efforts, and underwritten incubators and accelerators - all in the hope of creating the next Apples, Facebooks, Googles, and Twitters.

The New Realities of Talent Attraction — Some U.S. counties are clearly doing a better job of attracting and keeping skilled workers than others. Economists have long documented the role of talent, or educated and skilled "human capital," in driving urban growth.

The Life That Shaped Jane Jacobs — A conversation with Robert Kanigel, author of the new Jacobs biography, Eyes on the Street. Robert Kanigel's Eyes on the Street is the Jane Jacobs biography I've been waiting for. A biographer and science writer, Kanigel takes on the daunting task of chronicling the life of the urbanist giant, Jacobs, without descending into the exulted "St.

A Growing Divide in Urban Gun Violence — Homicides were down dramatically in some U.S. cities in 2012, but up in others. Last year saw a series of brutal mass shootings in affluent white suburbs like Aurora, Colorado, and Newtown, Connecticut. The same year marked a growing divide in violence in urban centers that continue to suffer the majority of fatal gun violence.

Why Creating Denser Cities Is So Difficult — Despite its merits, in the U.S., density peaked in the 1950s and has declined since then. The biggest issue shaping the future of our cities, and our nation, is the question of how we grow. Do we continue to try to sprawl our way to the American Dream, or do we add the density that powers innovation and economic growth?

The future of the knowledge economy is local | Toronto Star — Canada's future lies in the innovation-powered knowledge economy. Indeed, the nation's leaders are well aware of the need for new ideas and approaches to meet the nation's looming innovation, productivity and prosperity challenges. The Trudeau government has made a clear commitment to shifting Canada from its resource-dependent past to a more knowledge-driven future by setting an innovation agenda dedicated to increased infrastructure funding.

Do We Need to Redefine 'Better Off'? — Most Americans do not believe that the next generation will be "better off" than their parents. But what does that mean? Courtney Martin introduces her new book, The New Better Off , with this staggering statistic: nearly two-thirds of Americans do not believe that the next generation will be "better off" than their parents.

The Reality of America's College Towns — Most of them aren't bucolic, ivy-covered places. It's that time of year again when college students are streaming back to school. Across the nation, some 17 million Americans are headed to college this fall. But, where, exactly, are they heading to?
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