Crosscut argues that it's time for Seattle and other cities to learn from NYC's example and start turning old elevate structures into parks and other good uses (pointer via Planetizen).
More photos of "kitchens to go" over at Metropolis.
Paul Graham speculates that startups may herald a new era of political economy. He notes that startups are highly clustered in certain cities. And he's concerned about what this means for society. The spiky nature of our era - evident in everything from startup clustering to rising economic and geographic inequality - is among the most critical questions for national and international policy makers over the coming decades.
A reader writes: "Another issue that is starting to arise outside of your writing is the future of food production. I would like you to consider how your view of future urban areas would interact with increasing commodity prices for basic food stuffs." I asked Betsy Donald, a geographer at Queens University who has done extensive research on the creative food economy, about this.
Corporate headquarters are both heavily concentrated in and very specialized by region, according to a new analysis by Scott Pennington of the Martin Prosperity Institute. Eighty-five percent of the headquarters of the largest companies in the U.S. and Canada are concentrated in a dozen or so mega-regions.
The economic crisis continues to reshape our economic geography. Job losses at restructured automakers GM and Chrysler have been highly concentrated in older Rustbelt centers as this NYT map shows.
Manpower CEO, Jeff Joerres talks to the Financial Times about the crisis and the possibility of a new brain drain in the U.S. and Europe.
Andrew notes the real (positive) trend in the president's approval ratings. And Chris Bowers speculates, given recent (and ongoing) demographic shifts, that even Michael Dukakis would have won the 2008 election. Demographic shifts do seem to be on the Democrats' side.
Jon Rauch draws a connection between introverts and bloggers (via Andrew Sullivan). So I asked Cambridge personality psychologist, Jason Rentfrow about it. Rentfrow commented and sent along a link to a study on bloggers and personality.
My MPI colleague Kevin Stolarick lists the nation's most economically "resilient" cities over at Kiplinger's. His rankings are based on: current employment trends, historical employment, and unemployment performance; how the region did when national unemployment increased; the share of professional, knowledge, and creative jobs; and cost of living.
Here's a map of the human development of U.S. counties based on factors like income, education, literacy, and heath (via (Map Scroll). There's been some concern about the utility of such combined indexes, still this map provides a powerful visualization America's enormous social, economic, and geographic divide.