Are evolving suburbs really suburban anymore?

Leigh Gallagher is in the news with a provocatively titled book, The End of the Suburbs. Gallagher writes about the shifting geography of the American Dream from suburbia to growing cities and walkable places. In a summary for Time, Gallagher writes:

A major change is underway in where and how we are

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On restaurants, retail, and clustering

A few intersecting stories regarding retail and restaurants:

In DC, a group of activists are pushing a moratorium on new liquor licenses for 14th and U and environs. There has been substantial pushback to the idea of a moratorium, yet proponents insist the dominance of bars and restaurants are crowding out brick-and-mortar retail establishments.

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Shaping Silicon Valley

Roosevelt Island Tram – CC image from The Eyes of New York

A couple of items that came across the internet about technology, innovation, the economy, and urban form:

Tech & the City

Nancy Scola pens a long piece in Next American City about the future of the technology industry in the city.  The piece looks at

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Cities and the constructal law

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Several months ago, I picked up a copy of Design in Nature as an impulse buy at the bookstore. I was purchasing a gift and the cover caught my eye. A quick perusal of the jacket and a few pages of the introduction was enough for me to fork over

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The difficulty of preventing unintended consequences

Pittsburgh International Airport – CC image from Fred

Philip Longman and Lina Khan make the case for re-regulating America’s airlines, claiming that deregulation is killing air travel and taking de-hubbed cities like St. Louis with it (hat tip to Matt Yglesias).  The authors do indeed present compelling evidence that airline deregulation has indeed shifted the

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More links: iPhones and airports

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Following up on yesterday’s link post regarding airports, air freight, supply chains, and manufacturing jobs: two posts from Ryan Avent at The Economist.

First, on industrial agglomerations, the impacts on jobs, and how we got to this point:

Unquestionably, Asian governments aggressively pursued manufacturing and subsidised it heavily, both directly and through advantageous exchange

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Links: iPhones and airports

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Rail to Dulles: MWAA Board member Robert Brown suggests eliminating the Dulles Airport rail station and replacing it with a people mover to connect to the Route 28 station as a means to save costs.  Yonah Freemark finds the concept intriguing, offering some operational considerations that could make it work.


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Density, productivity, and housing prices

Ryan Avent recently spoke at the Kauffman Foundation‘s conference for economic bloggers. His short presentation touches on a number of economic issues as they relate to urban economies and their role in our national economy.

The presentation tackles Tyler Cowen’s Great Stagnation thesis.  Avent specifically looks at the benefits of density on productivity and

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A universal theory of cities

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Last week, the New York Times Magazine featured a lengthy piece from Jonah Lehrer about two physicists who have formulated a sort of universal law for urban living.  The single biggest determinant of urban performance is size – increasingly large agglomerations offer economies of scale – people who live and work

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Agglomeration, continued

More items of note on agglomeration:

From City Journal, the “Seven Pillars of Agglomeration.”

Economies of scale in production
Economies of scale in trade and transportation
Falling transportation and communication costs
Proximity with other firms in the same industry
Advantages of diversity
The quest for the center (of the industry)
Buzz and bright lights

And, from The New Republic‘s Avenue blog, a visualization of

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