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    Book Review: How to Run a City like Amazon and Other Fables edited by Mark Graham, Rob Kitchin, Shannon Mattern and Joe Shaw

Book Review: How to Run a City like Amazon and Other Fables edited by Mark Graham, Rob Kitchin, Shannon Mattern and Joe Shaw

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In How to Run a City like Amazon and Other Fables – available to download here – editors Mark Graham et al offer 38 stories written by academics that utilise speculative fiction to explore how cities might look, feel and function, and the effects on society, economics and politics, if different business models and technologies were applied to the running of cities. The […]

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    Why states should concentrate on job creation schemes over other forms of business incentives.

Why states should concentrate on job creation schemes over other forms of business incentives.

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Most US states offer financial incentives to attract businesses to their communities and to encourage the growth of those already there. But how do such incentives affect states’ financial positions? By studying five types of financial incentives across 32 states, Bruce D. McDonald, III, J.W. Decker and Brad A.M. Johnson find that almost all such measures generally lead to […]

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    Book Review: Ghetto: The History of a Word by Daniel B. Schwartz

Book Review: Ghetto: The History of a Word by Daniel B. Schwartz

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In Ghetto: The History of a Word, Daniel B. Schwartz traces the genealogy of the term ‘ghetto’, showing its changing meaning since its origin in the enforced enclosure of the Jewish residents of Venice in 1516 on the island called the Ghetto Nuovo. The book is a welcome addition to historians and urbanists alike in providing new insights into conceptions of […]

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    Book Review: Total Urban Mobilisation: Ernst Jünger and the Post-Capitalist City by Krzysztof Nawratek

Book Review: Total Urban Mobilisation: Ernst Jünger and the Post-Capitalist City by Krzysztof Nawratek

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In Total Urban Mobilisation: Ernst Jünger and the Post-Capitalist City, Krzysztof Nawratek offers a collection of essays exploring the post-capitalist city, positing ‘the accumulation of agency’ as a driver of urban development to act against the logic of capitalist accumulation, drawing on and reclaiming Ernst Jünger’s notion of ‘total mobilisation’. This short yet polyphonic book will be of interest to practitioners […]

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    The Ballpark Podcast Extra Innings: New York City’s Planning Challenges for 2020 and Beyond with Marisa Lago

The Ballpark Podcast Extra Innings: New York City’s Planning Challenges for 2020 and Beyond with Marisa Lago

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In this Extra Inning of the Ballpark, we are joined by Marisa Lago, the Director of the New York City Department of City Planning and Chair of the City Planning Commission. Alongside LSE Cities and LSE’s School of Public Policy, the LSE US Centre hosted Marisa Lago on the 5th of November 2019 for the event, Planning New York.

Chris […]

When local newspapers suffer, so do local elections 

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In recent years, local newspapers in the US have seen closures and significant declines in staffing. In new research, Meghan Rubado and Jay Jennings find that the decline of local news may be having a knock-on effect on local democracy. Areas which have more severe cutbacks in newspaper staff, they write, also see reduced political competition and voter engagement, and a greater risk of corruption going unchecked.

Residents of American […]

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    New Orleans’ evolving food scene is a window into the city’s post-Katrina recovery

New Orleans’ evolving food scene is a window into the city’s post-Katrina recovery

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As a place famous for its food, the revitalization of New Orleans’ restaurants has been taken as a sign of the overall recovery of the city following 2005’s Hurricane Katrina disaster. Jeanne Firth writes that despite this progress, commentary on the recent restaurant boom can obscure the unevenness of New Orleans’ recovery, with increasing disparities in access to healthy […]

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    Why local governments should be wary of funding public transport by taxing the beneficiaries of new infrastructure

Why local governments should be wary of funding public transport by taxing the beneficiaries of new infrastructure

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There is often a premium to living near to public transit, and some local governments try to capture this value through property taxes which are in turn used to fund transit infrastructure. In new research which looks at the Washington DC Metro, Edmund Zolnik finds that, while there are significant accessibility premiums for properties close to Metro stations, these […]

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    Why New Orleans’ residential security districts may be undermining public safety

Why New Orleans’ residential security districts may be undermining public safety

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Our traditional understanding of the police is that they operate across a city, but in New Orleans, neighborhood associations have moved to create their own residential security districts with private patrols. Aaron Malone writes that the districts, which are mostly located in wealthy and racially similar areas, reinforce inequality, are ineffective against violent crime, and sidestep the difficult politics […]

We cannot build our way out of inequality

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A dominant view in urban economics suggests that the solution to the housing crisis of major cities is to relax zoning and other planning regulations. Andrés Rodríguez-Pose and Michael Storper challenge this position, arguing that there is no clear and uncontroversial evidence that housing regulation is a principal source of differences in home availability or prices across cities and […]

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