From the Now You Know file: This Is What Marketers Think of You and Your Neighbors (via Next City)

I've done a lot of market studies over the years -- usually for places where the "market" seemed to have run for the hills.  In disadvantaged urban neighborhoods, Appalachian villages, and crumbled first-ring suburbs, I have a long history of being the person who gets brought in when people go, "We've got something...something...right??" The problem is …

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From the Good Ideas File: 5 Pillars of a Citywide Revitalization Strategy

One of the challenges in the back of my head most of the time is the questions of needing to find a better, more integrated and more holistic way to plan for the future of cities.  I don't have a full answer yet, but I know that a big piece of it has to be more …

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from the Good Ideas File: using what you got in Covington, Kentucky

My parents were Depression children who learned early on that things that other people abandon can have value.  I wrote about my dad's penchant for curb-picking in one of the most personal essays in the book -- and I described his tendency to show me some piece of foundry casting or industrial leftover, describe a …

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from the Good Ideas File: job creation and young businesses

There's been some confusion and possibly conflicting information around small business job growth, new business job growth and start-up trends in general in the press lately. That is part of why this new report from the Kaufmann Foundation caught my attention. While the whote report is worth reading, this chart particularly caught my attention - …

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