from urban planner and marketeer Stephen Samuels, AICP

Transportation and Art in Colombia

I just spent an amazing week in Bogota and Medellín. For a country that has been riddled for so long with social and economic woes, it is incredibly inspiring to witness such progressive investment, innovation, and grass-roots change. Of course, you have probably…






We Can’t Afford to Sprawl

My colleague, Dennis Strait, Principal of Kansas City firm Gould Evans, is hell-bent on making sure cities understand the economic foibles of investing in new infrastructure to accommodate development on the outskirts. Over time, it is not sustainable and there is no way…






What Does it Take to be the Happiest Country?

Answer: bikes, women and a social contract for education and health care! According to Jorge Ramos, writer for Splinter . . .  It’s always the same: Whenever I ask people which country is the happiest in the world, they say, “Mine,” then follow…






US homeless count rises, pushed by crisis on the West Coast

Although Fox is not my usual source of news, this epidemic is real and needs a real solution.  LOS ANGELES –  The nation’s homeless population increased this year for the first time since 2010, driven by a surge in the number of people…






How to Fix New York City’s ‘Unsustainable’ Traffic Woes

I love the disruption of an industry that is inefficient. The Uber and Lyfts should be pushing all of us forward to think more creatively about peer economies, sharing, and technology capacity. They are also, unfortunately, adding more cars to our streets. Now…






From Slaughter to Innovate

The Economics Center at the University of Cincinnati has recently activated its blog, ECONversations,  and the team there has a lot of interesting things to share. (yes, I’m giving props to my former employer). I thought I’d share my last blog post: I…






How Many Hotels Can Downtown Cincinnati Sustain?

I don’t know the answer to this question, and it seems that no one else really does either. I have this conversation weekly with colleagues and there is a wide-range of opinions regardless of their industry focus. There are folks in economic development…






Tolerance as an Economic Development Strategy

Richard Florida certainly can get enough ink without me needing to blog about his on-going musings. But I can’t deny how much I enjoy the notion of his last T of T’s – Tolerance. In honor of Gay Pride and the remarkable judgement…






Concepts like Economic Development, Street Art, and P3 Are Not Universal

I just returned from a very special trip in which I co-presented a Masters Class on Urban Development Challenges, at Varna Free University in Varna Bulgaria. Approximately 60 students were in attendance, from a wide range of programs including Business, Economics, Architecture, and…






Libraries in the U.S. Need a Makeover

I’m always fascinated by libraries, particularly those large, main branches in the urban centers of cities. In the U.S., unfortunately, many of these institutions are archaic. Because of the internet and Amazon, most of us get our resources much more independently and without…






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