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Lessons from the Past for Urban Policy in the Era of Trump

The stunning election of Donald Trump as president throws the future of urban policy into doubt. During the campaign he promised to bring new jobs and improved infrastructure to the inner cities, but so far he has furnished no details. Some of the strategies carried out by cities and states in the past may offer the incoming administration some guidance.



Innovation: A Dirty, Sloppy, Time-consuming and Unfair Process

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The Curmudgeon must confess that as a casual reader of history, he has not been impressed by much of the literature on innovation. What is sorely lacking, he feels, is a step back to glimpse at what innovation actually looked like during history's greatest period of innovation: the Industrial Revolution. Hindsight suggests that innovation is important but it is far more complex and long term in its effects than our current economic development literature suggests. Continue Reading...