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Urban Issues: 'Aspiring' To Gentrification, Merging City-County Econ Dev Agency, Calif. Struggling Cities, Developers Don't Innovate


Cities Don't "Aspire" to Gentrification 

Better Institutions


In a recent article posted on New Geography, Aaron M. Renn asks what seems to be a fairly straightforward question: "Why Gentrification?" But unlike most writing on the subject, the question isn't why it happens or how to avoid it, but why cities aspire to it.

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Merged City-County Economic Development Agency Gets Support 

St. Louis Post Dispatch


The proposed merger of St. Louis and St. Louis County economic development efforts advanced Wednesday when the city's Housing, Urban Development, and Zoning committee recommended its passage to the Board of Aldermen.

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California's Struggling Cities 

USA Today


How bad and widespread are California cities' fiscal problems? "Virtually ubiquitous and massive," says Rod Kiewiet, professor of political science at California Institute of Technology.

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Innovation Not for Real Estate Developers 

San Diego Union Tribune


Something unexpected happened to the Urban Land Institute's "Innovate Real Estate" theme at its spring conference that kicked off Wednesday.

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Raleigh Development Flourishes Thanks To Resilient Economy 



Raleigh city officials have plans for several new residential developments in the middle of the capital city. They say it's part of their master plan to entice not only new residents but new business downtown.

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San Francisco Establishes Affordable Housing Fund 

Global Site Plans


In November 2012, San Francisco voters passed Proposition C, establishing a city-wide affordable housing fund on the enormous margin of 31%. And it couldn't have come at a better time.

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Childless Households Will Lead the Market 

Better Cities and Towns


In the March 2013 issue we reviewed Arthur C. Nelson's book, Reshaping Metropolitan America, and some of his numbers are further analyzed in an article in the current issue of Better! Cities & Towns.

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Long Beach to Sue LA Over Proposed SCIG Rail Yard 

LA Streetsblog


In closed-session meeting yesterday evening, the Long Beach City Council unanimously voted 9-0 to pursue litigation against the City of Los Angeles for its recent approval of the BNSF-led Southern California International Gateway (SCIG) railyard.

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