Urban Affairs

Big Shoulders, Big Plans: Chicago Tackles Transit and Infrastructure

A leading city planner assesses the new urbanist strides in Chicago.

Metro Recovery in a Global Economy

U.S. metros, the nation's exporters, are driving economic recovery.

A New Standard for Transit Investments

Livability principles can help policymakers prioritize transit spending, especially for Bus Rapid Transit.

Homeownership in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods

Low-income homeowners get some satisfaction.

The Volunteer As Client

In major cities, nonprofits rely heavily on volunteers on the ground. One group working to end urban poverty wants to change the way we think about them.

The Green Space Chase: Property Values in Arid Climates

Homebuyers are willing to pay a green premium, so long as they aren't near public parks and golf courses.

Still Unequal, Less Separate

A recent paper found that Americans are highly segregated by income. A new paper finds the opposite is true for race.

Rust Belt Revival: The New Mayor of Gary Talks Economic Development

Taking the helm of the downtrodden city, Karen Freeman-Wilson has ambitious plans. And major hurdles.

Protesters and Pepper Spray

Police action is quieting the public square.

One Region, Two Plans? How Chicagoland Can Take Economic Flight

Two new reports highlight the challenges and opportunities for economic development in the Chicagoland area.

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