Worth reading

As always there are too many good articles to write about. Some recent articles that I think are worth checking out: On cities: A Washington Post article on the importance of immigrants to central city redevelopment. A terrific Dome article…

Read More

Grit trumps academics?

Anyone who is interested in children's health and education should read Paul Tough's new book, How Children Succeed. The main focus of the book is on what matters most to low income, minority urban kids succeeding in college. To answer…

Read More

Sound advice on k-12 education

Two recent editorials laid out the path we should be on when it comes to k-12 education. The first from Stephen Henderson, editorial page editor of the Free Press, entitled "State must get tougher if charter schools fail to make…

Read More

Ohio

Interesting New York Times Sunday Magazine article on the Ohio economy and politics. The article is primarily about the intersection between the state's economy and the presidential election. What is of more interest to me is three insights about the…

Read More

Going backwards on college attainment

"Too much emphasis on a four-year degree, says Michigan Governor" was the headline of a recent Michigan Radio article. How distressing! The reality is that Michiganders are suffering because not enough of us have four year degrees. Michigan is now…

Read More

Lessons from D.C. and Portland

Recent articles about Washington D.C. and Portland Oregon once again highlight the essential role that education attainment is playing in defining what places are doing best in post Great Recession America. You can find the D.C. story in a New York…

Read More

A Michigan urban agenda

All of sudden their seems to be a renewed interest in developing an urban agenda for Michigan. If this is more than just talk that would be very good news. Having vital central cities that anchor big metropolitan areas is…

Read More

What we do

Don Grimes and I are just putting the finishing touches on our annual report on the Michigan economy. It will be out in mid September. The genesis of these reports is the publication in 2006 of Michigan Future's A New Agenda…

Read More