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    Self-interest often drives US states’ adoption of Evidence Based Policy measures

Self-interest often drives US states’ adoption of Evidence Based Policy measures

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In the US, lawmaking at the state level is often heavily linked to the ideology of the party which controls the legislature. Evidenced Based Policy, on the other hand, provides a means for lawmakers to develop measures based on research and data. In new research, Luke Yingling and Daniel J. Mallinson look at what drives the adoption of Evidence […]

Do skyscrapers make economic sense?

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The vast majority of tall buildings—even if they appear out of scale given contemporary perceptions—have a solid economic case, write Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt and Jason Barr.

A hundred years ago, policymakers in New York were convinced that, “few skyscrapers pay large net returns…” and that, “the very tall buildings demand many things out of proportion to their increased bulk” (Heights […]

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    Book Review: Feminist City: Claiming Space in the Man-Made World by Leslie Kern

Book Review: Feminist City: Claiming Space in the Man-Made World by Leslie Kern

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In Feminist City: Claiming Space in the Man-Made World, Leslie Kern delves into the interlocking inequalities and systems of oppression that take concrete shape in cities, using an intersectional feminist approach to explore the gendered aspects of urban space. This is an enjoyable and accessible book that not only contributes to urban feminist geography, but to urban planning and […]

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    Why California’s ‘superstar’ cities may have a quick recovery despite being hard hit by COVID-19 

Why California’s ‘superstar’ cities may have a quick recovery despite being hard hit by COVID-19 

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California’s ‘superstar’ cities and regions – which together make up nearly 90 percent of the state’s GDP – have experienced the highest number of COVID-19 cases. Maliha Ahmed writes that despite being hard hit, these superstar areas have a combination of industries which have been less affected by the pandemic compared to those in poorer areas. With both superstar and non-superstar […]

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    Book Review: The City by Robert E. Park and Ernest W. Burgess

Book Review: The City by Robert E. Park and Ernest W. Burgess

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Andrew Karvonen revisits the classic urban studies book The City by Robert E. Park and Ernest W. Burgess, originally published in 1925, and argues that contemporary scholars can take inspiration from the bold scientific agenda promoted by these influential authors from the Chicago school of sociology.

The City. Robert E. Park and Ernest W. Burgess (with a new foreword by […]

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    Economic inequality can help predict COVID-19 deaths in the US

Economic inequality can help predict COVID-19 deaths in the US

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COVID-19 has not affected everywhere in the US equally, there are significant disparities in Covid-related illnesses between the states. In new research which analyses the relationship between COVID-19 and economic, social and demographic factors, Harold Clarke and Paul Whiteley find that those states with greater income inequality are more likely to see coronavirus cases and related deaths.  

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    Covid-19 is an unfolding health and financial crisis for US local governments. 

Covid-19 is an unfolding health and financial crisis for US local governments. 

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With disputes between the US federal and state governments as to how best to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic ongoing, many local governments have had to respond to the crisis on their own. Bruce D. McDonald, III and Sarah E. Larson write that for many of these local governments, Covid-19 is a double crisis. Not only is it a public health emergency, it is also […]

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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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