U.S. cities are generally solvent - or not - for very specific reasons.
Many planners have their minds made up on which cities do and don't work. But multiple factors make the debate complicated.
Selling air rights above public facilities would create financial windfalls for city governments, and encourage more efficient land use.
An interview with Charles Marohn, of Strong Towns, and Rick Rybeck, of Just Economics.
The city has a history of favoring the entertainment giant. Do these incentives pay for themselves?
By following good accounting practices, Oklahoma City's MAPS program built more public infrastructure at a fraction of the cost.
An interview with Liz Farmer of Governing Magazine, and Steven Greenhut of the R Street Institute.
The city could be accused of policing too much and too little.
A public safety crisis has led to ballooning budgets and diminishing returns from Baltimore’s police department.
Clearing out blight has its benefits, but it can also erase crucial assets.
Despite a larger bureaucracy, the metro still has corruption, fragmentation, high taxes, concentrated poverty, and fiscal distress.
Public transit agencies need money, and selling ad space helps earn it.
Flashing police cameras may improve public safety, but they can make neighborhoods feel ominous.
Money that goes to non-services can't be used on services.
Improving the Detroit Charter is essential to the Motor City’s comeback.
Nascent small businesses sprout up in Detroit only to find that the struggling city’s rules trump all.
Preserving scrutiny in the midst of gun violence.
Singapore's "founding grandfathers" were three British classical liberals.
The Emerald City has begun shunning the pro-growth attitude that originally brought it back.