In the Aftermath of George Floyd’s Death, New Tests for Achieving Equitable Development

Urbanists have long been critical of the deep subsidies directed at the construction of sports complexes for professional teams, often at the immediate expense of nearby neighborhoods, to say nothing of the drain on municipal budgets when costs inevitably outpace the presumed benefits of such investment. In recent years, activists have fought back, aiming to … Continue reading In the Aftermath of George Floyd’s Death, New Tests for Achieving Equitable Development

In the question of Appels and Oranges, Tom MacArthur is no John Anderson

As Kevin Riordan’s column in this morning’s Inquirer reports, the passing of Sam Appel  drew an appreciative crowd of mostly older colleagues to a memorial service in Camden’s Sacred Heart Church Saturday.  Struck by the crude inequities built into the GOP tax bill that had just cleared the Senate,  those attending could find some solace … Continue reading In the question of Appels and Oranges, Tom MacArthur is no John Anderson

With Submissions to Amazon now in, What Have We learned about Our Region?

In a scramble not seen since the 1940s, when cities and towns across the country competed for the right to host the United Nations, hundreds of hopeful jurisdictions have put in their bids to host Amazon’s second headquarters.  While oddsmakers are already projecting the favorites, it’s hard to predict what Amazon will do. It’s not … Continue reading With Submissions to Amazon now in, What Have We learned about Our Region?

As Trump “Goes Rogue” the GOP “Elite” Still Appears Poorly Prepared to Fight Back

What could be more surreal than to be trying to follow the critical Senate vote on the Affordable Care Act, only to be buffeted by stories of the vulgar language Trump’s new communications director Anthony Scarammucci used to describe his White House colleagues, not the least chief-of-staff Reince Priebus? No matter, within 24 hours, the … Continue reading As Trump “Goes Rogue” the GOP “Elite” Still Appears Poorly Prepared to Fight Back

Richard Florida’s “Urban Crisis” is not Wrong: It Simply Lacks the Passion and Depth the Subject Demands

Fifteen years after The Rise of the Creative Class propelled him to a level of stardom among urbanists, Richard Florida’s latest book, The New Urban Crisis, has once again captured public attention.  Had the presidential election ended differently in 2016, Florida’s prescriptions for dealing with both inequality and economic revitalization might have served as a … Continue reading Richard Florida’s “Urban Crisis” is not Wrong: It Simply Lacks the Passion and Depth the Subject Demands

Trump Has Both Climate Change and Pittsburgh Wrong, but There’s Still a Challenge There

Even as newscasters were reporting Donald Trump’s determination to withdraw the US from compliance with the Paris climate accord with the pointed remark, “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” a former Carnegie-Mellon professor, Richard Florida, was appearing on “The News Hour” explaining to Paul Solman the fundamentals of his new … Continue reading Trump Has Both Climate Change and Pittsburgh Wrong, but There’s Still a Challenge There