Fool For The City: How We’re Over-Hyping America’s Urban Comeback
Jacob Anbinder’s (The Week) conclusion:
Because for all the hype about America’s urban comeback, it’s clear that the comeback isn’t happening everywhere. It’s a complicated equation that determines where job growth occurs. And much of it remains unsolved.
And that’s the rub…
Are artists the secret to revitalizing Main Street? (Matt Hansen of The Week)
Many city planners looked to the prominent example of Manhattan’s Lincoln Center, the arts complex built as part of an urban renewal program in the 1960s, as the gold standard for what arts could bring to a city.
Has the farmers market movement peaked? (from Russ Parsons of the Los Angeles Times)
A new study by the Department of Agriculture finds that the rate of growth in the number of farmers markets nationally has slowed dramatically in the last five years.
That decline was particularly notable in Los Angeles County, historically on the leading edge of the farmers market movement, where according to USDA statistics, total sales dropped by almost 43% in real dollars between 2007 and 2012.
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