San Francisco winning

Conventional wisdom is the places with the lowest costs (so-called business friendly) have the best economies. Think again! If that were true New York City--particularly Manhattan--and San Francisco should be collapsing. Instead they are surging. We explored Manhattan's success in…

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21st Century neighborhoods

Just finished reading the End of the Suburbs by Leigh Galagher, assistant managing editor at Fortune. Highly recommended. She details, with data and stories, the new reality that more and more Americans want to live in high density, walkable, mixed…

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Quick updates

Some interesting press coverage of topics I have written about recently. Worth reading. On the topic of welcoming to all (see my pledge of allegiance post) the Governor's signing of the domestic partner benefit ban was a big step backwards.…

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Ann Arbor II

Lot of reaction to my post on Ann Arbor's anti-density development policies. One theme is Ann Arbor can't be Madison mainly because they are the state capitol and have the two lakes. No question Madison has some assets that Ann…

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Lets Grow, Not Shrink, Detroit

Detroit needs a growth agenda. And the rest of us need to support it. There is a clear pattern across the country: the most prosperous states are either rich in energy resources or are anchored by an even more prosperous…

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