For many of our communities’ most valuable workers, the very nature of being employed looks nothing like we traditionally think it does. In the U.S., we call many of these folks 1099ers, or freelancers or contract workers.
Is a rail resurgence just around the corner? There are some positive signs, as rail-related projects are being planned and implemented across the country.
Deepa Sanyal considers the value rail stations hold to communities, and offers a glimpse of some exciting rail-related development projects in the works.
What’s all this talk lately about walkability? Is it a fad, or does it have legs for local economies?
Can increased downtown housing coexist with a bustling nightlife? While conflicts certainly can arise, there are ways of handling them.
Communities can help new businesses by sharing information about their assets and their opportunities. It can make all the difference between a hometown success story and a could-have-been-if-only tale.
Della Rucker reflects on a paradox: small businesses thrive on being independent and in charge of their own future, yet small businesses do best when they’re part of a community network that can provide mutual support.
Hoboken is a compact blue-collar city of 50,000 people, packed into just under 1.75 square miles directly across the Hudson River from Manhattan. But it faces a major threat shared by a growing number of coastal communities: sea-level rise.
“Permaculture” is a word you might have heard about in recent years. It’s a growing movement to plan and design by better taking into account natural systems and principles.
Hurricane Sandy has had a profound affect on the New York City metro area. A look at how planners in the region have begun to take steps to respond to the growing threat of sea level rise.
Small businesses are growing in number, economic reach and economic impact … the businesses our communities are dealing with, more and more, are small.
As part of our Year in America series, Deepa Sanyal has looked at several planning issues facing North Carolina’s Triangle issue. In her next to last installment, she focuses on the issue of when transit works best.
Low taxes! Great Incentives! Central location! How does that make you special? This is an old industrial-era economic development paradigm. Instead, Della Rucker suggests, focus on what makes your community unique.