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Did President Obama declare war on the suburbs? And will Trump be any different?
The Obama administration’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule was arguably its most radical attempt to “fundamentally transform” the United States. As I wrote at the time, Obama’s AFFH gives the federal government “a lever to re-engineer nearly every American neighborhood — imposing a preferred racial and ethnic composition, densifying housing, transportation, 0 Comments
The Persistent Economic Advantage of America’s Suburbs
Richard Florida, CityLab The rise of the city and the decline of the suburbs has emerged as a common meme in recent years. The young, the educated, and the affluent have come streaming back to the urban core, driving up rents, driving out the poor, and giving rise to patterns 0 Comments
High-Amenity Districts Create a Happier, Healthier, and More Reciprocal Civil Society
Ryan Streeter, City Journal In their influential 1977 essay, “To Empower People”, Peter Berger and Richard John Neuhaus proposed that four mediating structures were essential for a healthy and prosperous democratic society: neighborhoods, families, congregations, and voluntary associations. These types of associational institutions create environments in which people care for 0 Comments
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s comments about San Francisco are a warning sign for the city’s tech scene
Sharing a recent CNBC article by Ari Levy: “Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey told investors this week that the company will be more distributed because “our concentration in San Francisco is not serving us any longer.” While Dorsey hasn’t said how and where it will hire, the software industry has been 0 Comments
Suburbs Are Urban Places Too
Laura Vaughan, CityLab Scholar and author Peter Ackroyd argues that suburbs have complex urban qualities, but they are poorly understood. While both urban and rural studies have long thrived, the academic study of suburbs is still a relatively new field—despite the fact that, as Ackroyd has claimed, suburbs are as 0 Comments
Suburbanites are actually more diverse and socially engaged than city counterparts
The suburbs have long been criticized by such scholars as Kenneth Jackson and Robert Putnam, as well as Jane Jacobs, as places of isolation but AEI’s Survey on Community and Society debunks the myth that city living is more social and diverse. In an article published on New Geography by a 0 Comments
Reimagining Suburbia: What if the world’s greatest architects began looking beyond the city limits?
“Recently, (Renzo) Piano assigned six young designers on his staff to work on a suburban renewal initiative. The research project … studies experimental and low-cost ways to repair the frayed tissue of cities’ outskirts. In a recent interview with National Public Radio, Piano explained that the suburbs are where most 0 Comments
How investments in innovation districts can combat regional divides
Brookings Institute writers suggest innovation districts that embrace the assets and attributes of “city-ness,” including density, proximity, and high levels of accessibility, have good prospects for economic success. Read it here. 0 Comments
The Myth of the Urban Boomer
“…news media accounts have promoted the idea that boomers are returning to cities at a rapid rate,” writes economist Jed Kolko in The New York Times. “It seems to make sense. Many downtowns are safer and livelier than they were 30 years ago. At a certain point, downsizing and 0 Comments
Suburban 4 bed home still most popularly searched online
According to a report in The Australian (24 Jan 2020), chief economist Nerida Consibee, says the most popular house searched on the site between 2016 and 2018 was the same — four bedrooms, two bathrooms and two garage spaces. People were also after lots of 665sq m or more… 0 Comments