Economic & Business Development

Dodge City Postcard

Notes from the ground, from the sky, and from the people of Dodge City, Kansas

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Paradise Duluth

Postcard of the old Clyde Iron Works in its prime, via Perfect Duluth Day. As part of the unfolding saga of start-up businesses as the crucial creators of new jobs, and of particular start-ups like craft breweries (along with tech incubators, arts companies, manufacturing “maker spaces,” and others) in bringing life to fringe areas of recovering cities, I talked […]

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From Fresno to Duluth to Allentown, with Montana in Between

Civic Updates

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Why an F-16 Hit a Cessna, and Some More-Upbeat Updates

Sobering news from the NTSB, but encouraging news from Maine to California

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The Battle for Downtown, From Canada to the Carolinas

"It is strange, but true." What one reader says about Raleigh, North Carolina, applies many other places as well.

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An Incredible Time-Capsule View of One Downtown’s Development

Can tearing up a noted artistic zone be a path to civic success? City leaders say yes, while some of their citizens say no.

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Cars, Pedestrians, and the Struggle for the Future of Downtowns

Plus: how much is any discussion of "downtown" a coded talk about race?

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Fresno to South Bend to Louisville:

The Elusive Elements of Civic Success

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Can Cars Save Downtown?

Fresno, California prepares to rip up its landmark pedestrian mall and replace it with a street.

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Asheville Just ‘Happened’ to Develop a Nice Downtown or Did It

In the immortal words from Liberty Valance, "when the legend becomes fact, print the legend." Herewith the legend and reality of Asheville.

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Equal Time for Tampa, and More on Asheville Too

Catching up with changes in major cities, and in the Atlantic's own web site

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More on Nice Downtowns: Do They Just Happen? Or Are They Made?

Tampa has kept trying to revive its downtown, and has kept failing. Asheville has been wildly successful—but was it even trying at all?

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Nice Downtowns: How Did They Get That Way?

"Visitors think, 'That's just how Seattle is.' But it wasn't." Lessons via places ranging from Fresno to Shanghai.

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Three Ways of Thinking About Fresno (and Why You Should Care)

A beleaguered city shows the path toward revival.

Arts

Ajo, Arizona: Oasis in the Desert

How a city with century-old "good bones" tries to reinvent itself.

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Downtown Fresno Kicks Off Its Campaign

Why "unapologetic" may be the most important word in a city's recovery plan