August 12, 2013
by Kaid Benfield
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DC population and housing trends bode well for US central cities

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
It’s hard to believe now, but Washington, DC was a “shrinking city” for six of the last seven decades, having lost population every decade since … Continue reading

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June 29, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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Central cities now growing faster than suburbs, confirming trends for walkable lifestyles, shorter commutes

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
For the first time in a century, America’s largest cities are growing faster than their suburbs.  An Associated Press story widely covered in the media … Continue reading

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November 1, 2010
by Kaid Benfield
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"Cities" may not matter as much as we think – regions and neighborhoods are where things actually happen

I’m going to start by being deliberatively provocative:  “cities” don’t matter nearly as much as we sometimes suggest.  I surround the word with quotation marks, because I am talking about cities as municipalities with… Continue reading

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