May 6, 2013
by Kaid Benfield
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Is there a way to (downtown) San Jose? (by Lee Epstein)

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
Today’s post is written by my frequent collaborator and contributor to this site, Lee Epstein  Lee is an attorney and land use planner working for susta… Continue reading

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April 10, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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In the great Cities vs Suburbs battle, companies and workers are voting with their feet and moving downtown

In this corner, the city represented by Richard Florida; in that corner, the suburbs represented by Joel Kotkin. The numbers give it to Florida. Continue reading

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February 1, 2013
by Kaid Benfield
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Why smarter land use can help cities attract and retain young adults

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
Here’s the nutshell:  20th-century land use won’t help your city attract and retain 21st-century people.  It just won’t.  This is … Continue reading

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May 30, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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Detroit’s prospects may be better than we think

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
As almost everyone knows, Detroit is a city with some serious problems.  But, as I have written before, it’s more complicated than some pundits allow:&nb… Continue reading

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November 30, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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Will downtown comebacks, entrepreneurs reverse commercial sprawl?

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
   
I was impressed by an editorial a few days ago in the Raleigh News & Observer, suggesting that North Carolina’s capital city might do well to encou… Continue reading

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July 25, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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The economic importance of metro regions

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities & Smart Growth, Washington, DC   
Check out this map by Zara Matheson of the Martin Prosperity Institute.  It shows that metropolitan Houston is as important to the world economy as the co… Continue reading

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July 8, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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City crime continues to drop, especially where diversity is strong

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities & Smart Growth, Washington, DC I wrote in May about a report by Richard Florida that city crime had dropped to its lowest rate in 40 years.   And now there’s more:  last week, Florid… Continue reading

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May 26, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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City crime drops to lowest rate in 40 years – partly because of revitalization?

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities & Smart Growth, Washington, DC  
Richard Florida writes in the The Atlantic that “crime — both property crime and violent crime — is down to its lowest level in 40 years, especially in Amer… Continue reading

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May 20, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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Striking images of the illuminated city

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities & Smart Growth, Washington, DC All credit and thanks to Richard Florida for a Tweet tip to fifty striking city images by a range of very talented photographers.  Some samples:
 
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March 1, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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Simple ideas for healthy, livable cities

  
Above is a short video presenting one of the concepts for urban improvement that have been selected as finalists for the Philips Livable Cities Award.
It has been very interesting over the last couple of years to watch international techn… Continue reading

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