A world-famous urbanist says New York is becoming a “gated suburb”

A world-famous urbanist says New York is becoming a “gated suburb”

“This ‘back to the city’ movement of the creative class has a dark side,” [Richard] Florida said. “Within those urban superstars, we also have a winner-take-all system. So, we have neighborhoods that are priced through the roof and other neighborhoods and other communities that are falling behind.”

Florida argues that strong city leaders would need to fight inequality and encourage diversity to help nurture cities.

By Max de Haldevang (via Quartz)

Springfield, Ohio: A Shrinking City Faces A Tough Economic Future

Springfield, Ohio: A Shrinking City Faces A Tough Economic Future

As it transitions away from manufacturing, the city relies more on service jobs, like in call centers or nursing homes. But they don’t pay well. So local officials are looking for something — anything — that gives the city an identity, a way to distinguish itself.

One of them, quite modestly, is geography. Some trucking distribution companies have come to Springfield because it’s convenient to two big interstates. And incomes did tick up last year. But that doesn’t get Springfield closer to the knowledge economy of tech or finance or design.

Via Uri Berliner/NPR.

The Urban Neighborhood Wal-Mart: A Blessing Or A Curse?

NPR‘s first of two-part series about Wal-Mart looks into the company’s push into cities with its neighborhood market stores whether or not local residents want them. Citing the need to fill the void of food deserts, Wal-Mart is aggressively courting grocery shoppers.

Most urban stores are 25 percent of the size of their rural and suburban cousins. They feature a slightly modified selection of products that caters more to a grab-and-go culture. That reflects a shift in consumer demand, as more Americans make their evening meal decisions in the late afternoon, says food industry analyst Justin Massa.

The Urban Neighborhood Wal-Mart: A Blessing Or A Curse?

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