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February 27, 2017
The Urban Doomsday Squad
Chicago Magazine

A team of computer modelers at Argonne National Laboratory is preparing for the urban calamities most Chicagoans would rather not think about.

Why Department Stores Aren’t Cutting It
USA Today

Some retailers are developing success formulas that are helping them thrive while department stores like J.C. Penney, Sears, and Macy’s are shuttering dozens of locations and struggling to lure shoppers away from their phones and laptops and into stores.

Seattle Renters Could Get Voice at City Hall
Next City

As housing costs in many cities skyrocket, officials and advocates look to solutions from rent control to upping their supply of units. Another approach may soon be tested in Seattle: Giving renters an official voice at City Hall.

In Shadow of Manhattan, Newark Rebounds
Bloomberg

For years, Newark’s Military Park, barren and surrounded by vacant buildings, was a symbol of the despair that set in after the 1967 riots. Now it’s at the center of hope that a long-sought recovery for New Jersey’s biggest city may finally be taking hold.

Meet Philly’s Mega Builder
Philadelphia Magazine

The mega-builder with three careers may well be the ultimate survivor in Philadelphia’s development community.

February 26, 2017
Tulsa’s Former Black Wall Street Tries to Reinvent Itself
Denver Post

Not far from a gleaming $183 million arena and other signs of a midsize city striving to become something more, smooth pavement gives way to potholes, rusted fences and shuttered storefronts. They’re the remnants of what was once known as Tulsa’s Black Wall Street.

Rural America And How It’s Shaping The U.S. Future
Newsweek

Rural America makes unique contributions to the nation’s character and culture as well as provides most of its food, raw materials, drinking water and clean air. The recent presidential election also reminds us that it continues to influence the nation’s future.

New Model Could Help Cities Predict Gentrifying Neighborhoods
The Next City

Ken Steif, director of the Urban Spatial Analytics grad program at the University of Pennsylvania, says it’s remarkable how cities are still struggling to stop displacement when investment starts to rise, given tons of research on gentrification and urban policy.

An Urban Agenda for the Trump Administration
The Hill

Encouraging private economic development, following through on promises to reform education, and changing course on criminal justice reform to the state-tested, all-encompassing smart-on-crime approach would lay the groundwork for a promising urban agenda from this administration.

Trump Immigration Policies Challenge ‘Sanctuary City’ Police
New York Times

President Trump’s sweeping new immigration policies — which include efforts to shine a harsh national spotlight on cities that released undocumented immigrants who went on to be accused of serious crimes — are sharply increasing the risks confronting local law enforcement officials.

When Red Statehouses Overrule Blue City Halls
Next City

It’s no secret that the gulf between the social values of cities and the state governments that control them has been widening a long time. But now, the gap is at it’s widest yet.

Six Trends Driving Changes in U.S. Retail
Urban Land Institute

The U.S. retail market is changing rapidly, with strong demand, little new supply, and characteristics that seem to change by the hour. How is this affecting the property market?

Smart Cities Must Be People Centered, Equitable
TechCrunch

The development of smart cities builds upon this strong historical foundation with a digital foundation that allows cities to function more efficiently, be more responsive to community members and ultimately create better, more equitable urban environments where people thrive.

February 23, 2017
Making Sense of L.A.’s Measure S
Los Angeles Times

If you want to understand the forces — and more to the point, the grievances — that gave rise to Measure S, the anti-development initiative that will appear on the March 7 ballot in Los Angeles, you have to go back to the 1980s.

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