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Cities

The Secret to a Flourishing City

Jane Jacobs, the legendary urbanist, gifted the city her commonsense observations of what makes for flourishing community. While she walked her beloved Greenwich Village, she’d watch the comings and goings of a city alive with humanity.  Her streets had soul. But,...

Wasted Land, Wasted Opportunity

Walk through any major city and you will see weedy lots, fenced-in squares, and derelict developments that many of us try to ignore. Many of these places sit in the middle of the densest, most prosperous areas of urban America. Cities with underdeveloped or vacant...

Policy for the People

Is policy made to help people or places? This is a central question politics is built to answer, and for too many years America’s leaders have answered wrongly. They have favored improving place at the expense of bettering the lives of people. The triumph of place is...

The World Isn’t Flat Yet: Why Urbanization Still Matters

Thomas Friedman published “The World is Flat” ten years ago. In celebration, I’d like to propose that it isn’t.  Yes, globalization is real: The Economist reported in February that by 2020, 80 percent of the global adult population will be connected to the rest of the...