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Detroit: A Tale of 2 Cities (neighborhoods vs. downtown)

Urban Economic Development: Lessons from Detroit

Last month (Sept. 14-16, 2015), I attended the Inner City Economic Summit in Detroit with Jeff Marcell, Senior Partner from our firm’s Seattle office. We spent the first part of the week in Detroit, engaging with leaders from other urban markets and national experts on the subject of inner city economies. Following the conference, we joined our clients at the East Michigan … [Read More...]


Why I Voted For Austin’s Urban Rail Proposal

And Why You Should Too (if you're a registered voter in Austin, TX) A week ago, I cast my early-vote ballot here in Austin. Just like many of you did (or will do today) in your own communities. Along with the typical laundry list of candidate selections … [Read More...]

Surprised Face

23 Shocking Truths About U.S. Cities

I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that at least one item in this blog post will absolutely shock you. No, I’ll bet that several items in the following list will make your jaw drop. If you make it through the entire list of 23 shocking truths without so … [Read More...]


5 Skylines You Won’t Recognize in 5 Years

Downtown revitalization is a national trend impacting hundreds of cities across the U.S. right now, which is wonderful. But in the downtowns of a few special cities, the amount of new development under way and planned is so massive that you will literally not … [Read More...]