Economics

The Demographic Dilemma: How Urban Planning is Deepening Australia’s Social Divide

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For over two decades, urban planning’s preoccupation with urban form above all else, has diminished its ability to resolve the growing social and economic divide occurring across the nation.  read more »

Envisioning Rust Belt Success

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My Defining Rust Belt Urbanism piece three weeks ago, in which I discuss the themes of what would drive Midwest urban rebirth, prompted a great question.  read more »

Universities And Urban Transformation

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I’ve always been intrigued by the role of universities in the growth and development of cities. It’s well known that universities can have an outsized role on smaller towns and cities  read more »

Why Johnny Can't Build

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We were once a nation of builders—from the toll roads and canals of the early nineteenth century and the railroads of the second half of that busy century, to the construction of power, energy, and water systems that were the envy of the world.  read more »

Demographia International Housing Affordability – 2024 Edition Released

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Demographia International Housing Affordability assesses housing affordability in 94 major markets across eight nations (Australia, Canada, China, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, United Kingdom and the, United States).  read more »

Europe is Not a Museum of Past Success

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Is Europe a museum of old success? The question is topical, as Europe's population will peak in two years and is then expected to decline for the rest of the century. During the roughly three decades that have passed, Europe has also fallen behind North America economically. However, Europe is not yet a museum of old success  read more »

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South Africa's (lack of) Progress in Numbers

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On May 29th, 2024, South Africa will have its 6th democratic election, commemorating 30 years since the end of Apartheid.  read more »

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Progressive Geography's Intellectual Dead End

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Americans are familiar with steep political divisions on issues like race, class, and gender. Perhaps less understood, but arguably more definitive, is the widening gap between the cognitive elites concentrated in big cities and the rest of the country.  read more »

North America Dominates Deep Tech, But WIll It Last?

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During the 20th century global prosperity was focused to where technological development was happening, and this has also been the pattern for the initial decades of the 21st century.  read more »

The Economy, Not Palestine, Will Undo Joe Biden

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This week’s surge in workers seeking unemployment benefits should be a sign that America’s already weakening economy, and much slower job growth, could prove the key to this year’s election.  read more »