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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- Spinning discs are everywhere – just look at our solar system, the rings of Saturn, and all the spiral galaxies in the universe.
- Spinning discs are the result of two things: The force of gravity and a phenomenon in physics called the conservation of angular momentum.
- Gravity brings matter together; the closer the matter gets, the more it accelerates – much like an ice skater who spins faster and faster the closer their arms get to their body. Then, this spinning cloud collapses due to up and down and diagonal collisions that cancel each other out until the only motion they have in common is the spin – and voila: A flat disc.
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- A new study suggests children who endure trauma grow up to be adults with more empathy than others.
- The effect is not universal, however. Only one kind of empathy was greatly effected.
- The study may lead to further investigations into how people cope with trauma and lead to new ways to help victims bounce back.
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