Urban, rural and regional policies

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    How the design of housing vouchers can help those on low incomes to live in neighborhoods they prefer.

How the design of housing vouchers can help those on low incomes to live in neighborhoods they prefer.

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For many in the US, the rent is still too high – more than a quarter of US renters pay more than half of their income on housing, and ten percent of this group receives government housing subsidies. In new research, Judy Geyer examines how housing vouchers influence where people choose to live. She finds that when the maximum […]

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    For low income minority women in Detroit, traveling to meet their family’s needs is a daily battle.

For low income minority women in Detroit, traveling to meet their family’s needs is a daily battle.

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In recent years, for many the city of Detroit has been a poster child for America’s rust belt decline. And while the urban core of the city has been consolidating, it still presents many challenges for those who need to travel within it. Jieun Lee, Igor Vojnovic, and Sue C. Grady explore the class and racial elements of these […]

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    Book Review: Curated Decay: Heritage Beyond Saving by Caitlin DeSilvey

Book Review: Curated Decay: Heritage Beyond Saving by Caitlin DeSilvey

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In Curated Decay: Heritage Beyond Saving, Caitlin DeSilvey takes an experimental methodological approach to heritage practice, examining a series of projects and sites where the appropriate course of action may in fact be minimal intervention, if at all. While not fully convinced by the notion of ‘curated decay’, Andrew Molloy finds that DeSilvey’s self-reflexive exploration raises vital questions for the […]

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    Why we need to rethink our assumptions about urban population growth and economic prosperity

Why we need to rethink our assumptions about urban population growth and economic prosperity

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Few cities remain static – as years pass, their populations and economic fortunes rise and fall. Maxwell Hartt studied change in the largest 100 US cities over 30 years, finding that most had an overall increase or fall in population rather than experiencing a cyclical boom or bust, and that their economic fortunes were often the opposite of […]

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    Why living in a small town does not necessarily mean living with limited public services

Why living in a small town does not necessarily mean living with limited public services

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Those who live in cities typically enjoy a greater diversity of public services compared to those living in small towns and rural communities. But, in recent years some cities have reduced the services they provide while other, smaller communities have been able to dedicate significant public resources towards a greater variety of public goods. In new research using data […]

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    In car-dominated cities, encouraging bicycle commuting may first mean providing more opportunities to ride for fun. 

In car-dominated cities, encouraging bicycle commuting may first mean providing more opportunities to ride for fun. 

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The vast majority of Americans who commute to work do so by car, and many policymakers in America’s towns and cities are trying to change this by encouraging more healthy alternatives such as cycling. To look at how this might be achieved, Robert Boyer examined cycling habits in Charlotte, North Carolina.  He finds that riding a bike for recreation […]

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    A nearby meth lab can mean a big price hit for homeowners- even after they’ve been cleaned up.

A nearby meth lab can mean a big price hit for homeowners- even after they’ve been cleaned up.

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Methamphetamine (or meth) is widely associated with negative outcomes for those that use it, but there can also be costs to those who live close to where it’s produced. In new research, Bern Dealy, Brady P. Horn and Robert P. Berrens examine the effects of discovering that a meth lab is located nearby on house prices. They find that […]

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    Competition for Amazon’s HQ2.0 shows how keen local governments are to offer incentives to attract firms.

Competition for Amazon’s HQ2.0 shows how keen local governments are to offer incentives to attract firms.

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The online mega-retailer, Amazon.com, has recently been shopping around to find a suitable host for its second headquarters. In response, city and local governments across the US have been falling over themselves to offer economic inducements for the company to choose them. But what determines which governments try to attract firms in this way? In new research Eric Stokan […]

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    Adaptive re-use is helping to change the way we think about how we can remake urban spaces

Adaptive re-use is helping to change the way we think about how we can remake urban spaces

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Facing increasing population pressures, many US urban centers are turning to novel methods, such as adaptive re-use, in order to encourage more intense land use. Sébastien Darchen writes that while adaptive re-use is often employed as a regeneration tactic by developers, it can also be a way in which local entrepreneurs can engage in non-traditional place-making. 

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