Urban Competitiveness

October 14, 2020

One of the most popular terms in planning is “automobile dependence”. The premise asserts that most people in most places in the United states are involuntarily dependant on their cars – with no other option, and that in an ideal world, in which everyone would be happi...

September 30, 2020

What's would make the perfect city? It would be:

  • Culturally rich, with top education institutions, medical centers, Fortune 500 companies, and cultural institutions like symphonies and museums. It would attract top graduates, and would be growing, emanating with new...

September 16, 2020

I recently published an article lamenting the fact that prominent elites are now advocating population control as a tool to combat climate change.

In doing so, I highlighted the fact that 7 times more people live outside of poverty today than have ever lived at that lev...

September 2, 2020

In 1835, Ohio and Michigan fought a near-bloodless battle over the boundary between their two states that left one dead and tensions broiling. Each year since 1897, they've fought a less bloody, but still contentious war for bragging rights - in football.

The rivalry en...

July 24, 2020

David Attenborough, according to a recent article for the UK’s Telegraph, has given up on society’s potential for good. In it, he argues for population control as the best response to global warming, a sentiment shared by many in the intelligencia of the media and poli...

June 24, 2020

Some people love them, some people hate them.

Earlier, we published a consensus set of rankings of the "best" cities in the world, as aggregated from 22 different sets of "best cities" lists evaluating global cities by vibrancy, livability, and beauty, among other facto...

April 2, 2020

As one of the most conservative countries on earth takes on the 21st century, a pair of government-initiated new cities are among its most groundbreaking and ambitious investments. With different histories and emerging trajectories, KAEC and NEOM are blazing the trail...

March 19, 2020

Among its many inventions, one of America's most interesting gifts to the rest of the world was its invention of the modern maga-city downtown. Before Europe and well before Asia, America invented the notion of a true modern "downtown" comprised of abundant tall buildi...

March 11, 2020

Originally published on New Geography

2017's tragic events in Charlottesville kickstarted a somber debate about the appropriate way to commemorate the war that gave all Americans their freedom. It also triggered a conversation about whether the south’s legacy of rebelli...

February 20, 2020

Before he led the country across a five-year struggle that freed the slaves and reunited the union, and before he was even elected President, Abraham Lincoln helped fuel the growth of the heartland. He also helped bridge an economic divide that closed a cultural chasm,...

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