We'll be back with our regular content tomorrow, but today,
we want to wish you and your town a Happy Labor Day!
(Top photo by Mike Mozart)
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Our cities are so financially fragile and desperate for growth that they will do anything to land America's most eligible corporate bachelor.
These 7 steps will take you from a nebulous idea to successfully addressing an issue that matters in your town.
Here are the 5 immutable laws of affordable housing that cities must recognize if they want to move forward — plus 3 strategies for achieving true housing affordability.
Small maintenance projects focusing on below ground infrastructure in old, established neighborhoods have the greatest potential for positive returns.
The line between optimism and reality can be a fine one to walk.
Infrastructure was supposed to serve us. Now we serve it.
Cities are filled with talent, ideas, and hardworking people. We just need to provide them with the platform to be productive.
Can a suburban “downtown” built from the ground up for over $150 million succeed?
Leaders in Shreveport, Louisiana want to construct a new highway right through the heart of their city. And the economic arguments they're using to justify it are completely bogus.
I don't need to be an expert to tell you that our streets are not bike-friendly.
It’s pretty easy to destroy a walkable place. We’ve been doing it for so long.
Many people would have us believe that America is failing to invest in its infrastructure. If only it were that simple.
Should cities invest in big projects in the hopes of increasing tourism, or invest in the people that have already taken a risk by moving back into their long-dormant downtowns?
A federal infrastructure bill is going to make your city poorer in the long run. Here's why.
Routine traffic stops are dangerous for all involved and do little to improve safety. It's time to end the practice.
We must build places that enable us to see the lives of others with knowledge, love, and compassion. This means getting our hands dirty in the soil of our community.
We figured out how to live in an exciting kid-friendly city on the cheap.
I encourage you all to stop using the word "sprawl." It doesn't accurately describe the problem, it prevents us from getting to real responses and it unnecessarily divides the national dialog in ways that are unhelpful.
We produced over 100 podcasts in 2016. Here's our 7 best podcasts from the year.
Scale our economy to those working at the ground level and we will see a true prosperity emerge from the fear and acrimony that is our national dialog.
Do car drivers have to pull up to each intersection, lean out their window and push a button in order to get a green light? No.
If the global economy is like a hot air balloon, we're only given the option to continually go higher -- despite the risk -- or cut all the air and crash. Those options aren't good enough.
What will happen to homeowner's associations in an America with increasing suburban poverty? It will be messy.
Building after massive building now
Can we have cities that work with economics that don't?
We've traded stability for growth, but now we find that we have neither.
There is arguably no place where half a century of suburban growth has more resembled a giant Ponzi scheme than in Florida.
We don't have a checklist of things we are trying to accomplish that includes, as one aspiration, public investments that make financial sense. As we say in our core principles: Financial solvency is a prerequisite.
Entrepreneurship is a hot word these days. Lots of towns say they would like to attract more entrepreneurs and grow their small business communities. But how do you do it?
Maine lacks the money it needs to do basic maintenance on its transportation system. Their institutional response to this emergency is to cling to an archaic code book while projecting a value system of improve, Improve, IMPROVE.