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How Do You Take the Rust Out of the Rust Belt?new

It's a question politicians and policymakers have been asking themselves for years. Now, with a new administration in the White House and stimulus money at the ready, local lawmakers and nonprofits are looking for ways to funnel some much-needed capital into revitalizing Great Lakes cities.
Artvoice  |  Ellen Prezepasniak  |  06-16-2009  |  Economy

It’s Survival Of The Fittest For Urban Pioneers in Downtown Dallasnew

Dallas dreams of a vibrant city center, where residents, shops and restaurants mingle. But this is not a report on what city officials envision. This is a look at downtown from the street-level. Restaurants are still struggling. Homelessness is still an issue. People still perceive the area as dead, although that perception is beginning to change.
Dallas Observer  |  Kimberly Thorpe  |  06-08-2009  |  Business & Labor

Barack Obama, the Urban Presidentnew

There's a new advocate for regionalism in America. His name is President-elect Barack Obama.
Artvoice  |  Bruce Fisher  |  12-01-2008  |  Commentary

Has Phoenix Finally Arrived?new

This newly hopeful vision of Phoenix is one that's pretty easy to support these days, because the fifth-largest city in the country has lately been looking like, well, the fifth-largest city in the country.
Phoenix New Times  |  Robrt L. Pela  |  09-30-2008  |  Culture

The International Towards Carfree Conference Didn't Just Spin its Wheelsnew

Many attendees noted that global warming, high gasoline prices (and the specter of Peak Oil), worsening public health, and persistent traffic congestion have made many big city leaders more open to carfree concepts than they're ever been.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Steven T. Jones  |  07-02-2008  |  Transportation

A Look Inside the Complicated Politics of Lyme Diseasenew

Lyme, the most politicized and contested disease since the emergence of AIDS, is also the fastest-growing infectious illness since AIDS. The medical establishment debates over almost every aspect of Lyme, and of course the wars rage on two levels: There are white-haired dudes pushing paperwork in offices, and there are the people in the trenches who deal with the fallout.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Tara Murtha  |  06-23-2008  |  Science

Green-Collar Job Programs Address Two Urban Ills at Oncenew

"We were doing debris removal and giving disenfranchised people a segue into the work force. For those part-timers who really got involved, there was a sense of ownership and pride -- they could do this for their own neighborhood."
Philadelphia City Paper  |  Dana Henry  |  05-27-2008  |  Business & Labor

Oil Costs Reshaping the Suburbsnew

Current property values in the U.S., where the subprime-mortgage crisis has unleashed a sea of foreclosures, demonstrate how surging oil prices can affect the real-estate market. Cities with more suburban sprawl are suffering more in terms of depressed prices than denser areas that are less dependent on cars.
The Georgia Straight  |  Carlito Pablo  |  05-19-2008  |  Housing & Development

Hey, Hillary, John and Barack, Listen to the Citiesnew

The problems of urban areas are missing from the presidential races, and that's shameful.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  John F. Sugg  |  05-01-2008  |  Commentary

Our Presidential Candidates Won't Talk About the Death of Cities -- Will Our Governors?new

Americans tend to believe that sprawl is a natural consequence of "free market" forces when, in fact, it is a consequence of governmental decision-making. Alas, the people who would lead our national government are not addressing sprawl. That means that the long-avoided discussions America ought to have on race, climate change, energy, highway construction, and agriculture will all continue to lack a certain element of reality.
Artvoice  |  Bruce Fisher  |  04-25-2008  |  Housing & Development

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