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The confluence of events in my life (new apartments, travel, wedding planning, etc) haven’t left time for much blogging recently. However, there’s always time to read. With that in mind, a few additions to the reading list (and correcting one egregious omission):
The New Geography of Jobs: Enrico Moretti (2012)
Berkeley economist Enrico
Continue reading Updating the Reading List, August 2014: The New Geography of Jobs; Edge City; The Box; The Power Broker
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
Continue reading Are evolving suburbs really suburban anymore?
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.
Continue reading On restaurants, retail, and clustering – agglomeration economies and urban retail trends
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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
Continue reading Shaping Silicon Valley
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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
Continue reading Cities and the constructal law
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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
Continue reading The difficulty of unintended consequences – airlines, HSR, and deregulation
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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
Continue reading More 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.
Continue reading Links: iPhones and airports
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
Continue reading Density, productivity, and housing prices
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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
Continue reading A universal theory of cities