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The Simple Math That Can Save Cities From Bankruptcy

By Emily Badger
Published: March 30, 2012

In the 1950s, the five-story brick Asheville Hotel in Asheville, North Carolina, started to fall into decline, presaging what would happen to most of the city’s downtown over the next couple of decades. A department store moved into the ground floor while everything above it sat empty. Then the building got one of those ugly metal facades that’s designed to distract from the fact that all the windows are boarded up. Here’s what it looked like in the 1970s, by which time it was completely vacant.

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Recovery, Part III: Why These 20 Cities Are Leading the New Economy

By Derek Thompson
Published: March 27, 2012

The United States was a different country at the end of 2009. The Great Recession was over. The worker’s recession had never been worse. The national unemployment rate stood at 10 percent. We hadn’t had a month of positive job creation in more than a year. Practically the only sectors adding workers were government, education and health care (a.k.a.: the feds/eds/meds) all of which were supported by the stimulus. Manufacturing had bottomed out.

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How to Build a Successful Downtown Stadium

By Eric Jaffe
Published: March 27, 2012

Coors Field, in downtown Denver, became home to baseball’s Colorado Rockies in 1995. Its impact on the city was as immediate as it was considerable: housing units in the area of the stadium doubled within a year of its completion, and retail and restaurant development experienced a similar boom. Soon after it opened the stadium’s economic influence was estimated at $195 million a year, twice what city officials had predicted.

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At-Home Aging Is Easier in Pedestrian-Friendly Communities

By Rebecca VanderMeulen
Published: March 1, 2012

Living alone can be isolating, so Mary Dee Heim of Avalon tries to get out every day for a walk on the streets of her town north of Pittsburgh. She heads to the adjacent community of Bellevue, where residents can shop for groceries, pick up prescriptions and check out library books without buckling a seat belt.

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