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Finally, a Single Data Point for Measuring Your City’s Quality of Place

This blog post is for all of the data geeks. And for anyone who's ever wished for a single piece of data that accurately reflects a city's quality of place. There is one data point that does a better job of gauging the quality of place in any given city than anything I’ve come across. Want to know what it is? I'll tell you. But first, let me tell you the story of how I came … [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...]

Pittsburgh Market Square

The 5 Features of Great Public Spaces

What exactly makes a public space great? You know a great public space when you experience it. Vibrant public spaces are active places filled with people from all walks of life. But what are the features most commonly found in the best public spaces? I will … [Read More...]