Category Archives: Economy

A Sad Place Where Mass Incarceration Thrives


While there are many famous prisons and penitentiaries in the United States including Leavenworth in Kansas, Sing-Sing in New York State, Alcatraz in California, and Huntsville in Texas, there is one county that contains so many prisons, it can rightfully … Continue reading

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The Great ‘Reverse’ Migration May Be Disastrous for Many Northern Cities and States


Between 1916 and 1970, more than six million African-Americans migrated northward to work in factories and live in cities across the Northeast and Midwest. Today, there is mounting evidence that this great migration has reversed itself, as those who can … Continue reading

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Driving and striving to survive a broken ‘Merica


I will never, ever look at a recreational vehicle, van, motor home, or campground the same way again. Not since reading Jessica Bruder’s engrossing, informative, and heartbreaking new book entitled Nomadland. I have long imagined, envied, and eagerly anticipated my … Continue reading

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UK Smart Cities Index 2017: Leaders and Laggards


Below are the 2017 smart city rankings for cities in the United Kingdom. This is the first time that London is not listed as number 1. Congratulations to Bristol for topping this list in 2017. 82.7 = Bristol, England 81.2 … Continue reading

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Time to say goodbye to large commercial signs?


With approximately 77 percent of all Americans now owning a smartphone, is there really a need for large commercial signs? One only needs to use the mapping software and GPS directions on their phones or built into their cars to … Continue reading

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Eliminate shopping bore by frequenting your city’s core


This holiday season is the first one in my life where I recall making most of our family purchases at downtown stores instead of at a shopping mall, big box retailer, lifestyle center, or other strip suburban commercial complex. One … Continue reading

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2015’s Fastest growing markets for small-medium businesses


Fascinating data from PayPal which ranks small and medium business (SMB) growth by the year-over-year growth in total payment volume (TPV). All regions of the country are represented in the data, but what truly stands out are the number of … Continue reading

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Rebounding core cities


Below is a list of core cities in the United States that have seen their populations rebound following several decades of decline. In some instances, such as Denver, Des Moines, San Francisco, and Seattle, the core city is now attained … Continue reading

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America’s busiest container ports in 2014


Interesting data provided in the chart below. Despite a labor strike in 2014, Los Angeles and Long Beach continued to the lead the way as the busiest container ports in the United States based on twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs). the … Continue reading

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Equity is an economic growth engine!


Findings from the National Equity Atlas for ten (10) geographically dispersed mid-sized metropolitan regions are provided below. Check out the last column as it depicts how much more robust each of these regions would have been if there had been … Continue reading

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