The End of Urban Sprawl Is the Dawn of a New Economy
Census data comparing population growth patterns between 2006 and 2011 show that urban sprawl is on the decline and that greater population density creates more economic opportunities.
What's the Latest Development?
Census data on population growth between 2006 and 2011 show that urban sprawl is on the decline, an encouraging sign for the rebounding economy, says Richard Florida. In the last two years, all but two of America's largest population centers have grown, suggesting that people are beginning to move from the suburbs back to city centers (the two cities that did not grow were Detroit and Cleveland). In fact, 'central metro counties accounted for 94% of US growth, compared with 85% just before the recession.'
What's the Big Idea?
Cities are the core of America's remaining economic competitiveness. Urban centers will continue leading the way out of the Great recession as 'soaring gas prices make long commutes less appealing and high unemployment draws more people to big job centers.' "The city has become the key social and economic unit of today's economy, and its clustering and density the are the source of innovation, productivity improvement, and jobs," says Florida. Detroit, for example, is now home to Quicken's HQ and a new Twitter office is slated to be opened there.
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The new offices will be built in New York's Long Island City and Viriginia's Arlington.
- Amazon will receive more than $2 billion in incentives from the two states.
- The company plans to create a total of 50,000 jobs at an average wage of $150,000.
- The announcement has caused controversy, raising concerns about rising rent prices and potentially lost resources in communities surrounding the upcoming developments.
They're at a higher risk for depression, weekend binge drinking, and unnecessary dieting.
- Body dysmorphia is not limited to women, a new study from Norway and Cambridge shows.
- Young men that focus on building muscle are at risk for a host of mental and physical health problems.
- Selfie culture is not helping the growing number of teens that are anxious and depressed.
Dozens of mummified cats were dug up this week. This isn't as shocking as you might think.
- Archaeologists in Egypt have found dozens of mummified cats in the tomb of a royal offical.
- The cats will join the ranks of hundreds of thousands of previously discovered ancient kitties.
- While the cats are nothing special, the tomb also held well preserved beetles.
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