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  • America’s Fastest Shrinking Cities

    04/15/2014 12:53:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 04/15/2014 | by Vince Calio
    The U.S. population rose by just 0.72% in 2013, the lowest growth rate in more than 70 years. Not only has the country become less-attractive to immigrants than in years past, with net immigration down from nearly 1.2 million as of 2001 to 843,145 last year, but also the U.S.’s domestic birth rate has dropped to a multi-decade low. While the population of most of the country’s metro areas grew at a low pace in recent years, in a small number of metro areas the population actually shrank. Looking at the most recent years, the U.S. population rose by just...
  • Why are liberal cities bad for blacks? The answer is sitting right in front of them

    04/10/2014 8:07:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/10/2014 | Rick Moran
    That's the title of a Bloomberg op-ed by Francis Wilkinson, who examined statistics from a report by the National Urban League about income inequality between blacks and whites in America. Minneapolis-St. Paul. San Francisco. Chicago. Even Madison, Wisconsin. If you are politically liberal and value relatively high levels of income equality, you might live in one of these quintessentially liberal U.S. cities. Yet all four lurk in the bottom half of the 2014 National Urban League's State of Black America report on income inequality between blacks and whites. Among the many places where black-white income is less skewed are Phoenix,...
  • America’s Fastest Growing Cities

    03/31/2014 3:25:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 03/31/2014 | By Thomas C. Frohlich, Vince Calio, Ashley C. Allen and Alexander E.M. Hess
    The U.S. population rose by just 0.72% in 2013, the lowest growth rate in more than 70 years. Not only has the country become less-attractive to immigrants than in years past, with net immigration down from nearly 1.2 million as of 2001 to 843,000 last year, but also the U.S.’s domestic birth rate has dropped to a multi-decade low. While population growth in most of the country’s metro areas has slowed in recent years, in a small number of metro areas it grew a great deal. Between April 2010 and July 2013, the U.S. population rose by just 2.4%, but...
  • The 10 Cities Most At Risk Of Being Hit By Natural Disasters

    03/30/2014 6:43:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/30/2014 | Harrison Jacobs
    Swiss Re, a global reinsurance company, has analyzed the disaster potential for 616 of the world’s largest cities (PDF). Each city is ranked according to its potential for earthquakes, storms, storm surges, tsunamis, and river floods. For each type of disaster, Swiss Re devised an extreme weather scenario in which defenses fail and the human and economic toll can be enormous. Further, each city was ranked based on the effect each scenario would have on its residents by combining population-distribution data and vulnerability estimates for each disaster. The scenarios consider fatalities, injuries, evacuations, those whose homes would be damaged or destroyed, and those who...
  • 3 huge cities flirting with bankruptcy (NYC, Chicago, LA)

    03/03/2014 4:18:34 PM PST · by Libloather · 40 replies
    MSN ^ | 3/03/14 | Karen Riccio
    Detroit's looming bankruptcy is making news again, this time focusing on current restructuring plans aimed to wipe out $18 billion in debt by axing pension checks of city retirees, including police and fire. Massive long-term retirement and healthcare promises were by no means solely responsible for the city's fall, but these massive pensions coupled with a tax base weakened by high unemployment and housing vacancies caused the budget to bleed out quicker. The Michigan city may be the most recent victim of bankruptcy, but many of the 61 largest U.S. cities have adopted the same retirement legacy leading to $118...
  • The Birth of the American City-state: Socialist big cities vs. the conservative countrysides.

    02/16/2014 3:46:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/16/2014 | Greg Penglis
    Mark Levin has proposed a series of "Liberty Amendments" to the Constitution through an Article 5 state convention. I have my own set of amendments which I hope to share here and add to the proposed Liberty Amendments. The first involves the resurrection of the city-state. This plan would take our largest cities, governed primarily by socialist Democrats, and separate them out as independent, self-governing, self-funding political units, with no connection to the states, but within the exclusive oversight of the federal government, just as the states are. There is a huge separation in this country right now between the...
  • A ban on autos? Major cities consider going carless

    01/28/2014 9:59:34 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 40 replies ^ | January 26, 2014 | Paul A. Eisenstein
    Germany, home of the high-speed autobahn, is perhaps one of the few countries that has had as intense a love affair with the automobile as the U.S. But in an effort to go green, the country's second-largest city is studying ways to eliminate cars by 2034. The northern city of Hamburg has laid out an initial concept, named the Green Network Plan, that would expand public transportation and add more routes for pedestrians and bicyclists. The most controversial aspect of the plan calls for a steady phase-out of automobiles in the center of the city over the next two decades....
  • 50 Worst Traffic Cities in the U.S. (PHOTOS)

    01/15/2014 9:46:02 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 57 replies
    The Weather Channel ^ | January 15, 2014 | Devin Brown
    Lost Angeles is the worst traffic city in America. 'Carmaggedon' is no joke. Drivers in the worst traffic city wasted an average of 63.3 hours in traffic over the last year. Congrats to Los Angeles, although worst traffic city might not be the most coveted of titles.
  • Cities Mull Using Eminent Domain To Seize Mortgages

    01/08/2014 7:15:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    IBD ^ | 01/08/2014 | By ANDREA RIQUIER
    As a real estate agent in the struggling San Francisco Bay city of Richmond, Zina Hall is well acquainted with all ways of helping troubled homeowners. Hall spent months this autumn working with an elderly widow with a medical condition who was struggling to make payments. Her best option, Hall believed, was a short sale, and they began that laborious process. But after several weeks, the homeowner disappeared, then called Hall to say she wanted to pull out and use a new program by the city. "They have eminent domain and it's going to help me," Hall recalled her saying....
  • The Best and Worst Run Cities in America

    01/03/2014 8:25:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 01/03/2013 | Mike Sauter
    A federal judge granted Detroit’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing earlier this month, making it the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. Bankruptcy is frequently the product of a history of problems. The unrelenting decline in manufacturing and the more recent collapse of the housing market resulted in a shrinking population, rampant unemployment and high debt, which have devastated the city. Click here to see the Ten Best-Run States in AmericaClick here to see the Ten Worst-Run States in AmericaIn order to determine the performance of the nation’s largest cities, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 100 largest U.S. cities by population....
  • Gingrich Schools Reich: 'Every Major City Which Is a Poverty Center Is Run By Democrats'

    12/15/2013 6:42:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 72 replies ^ | December 15, 2013 | Noel Sheppard
    ABC This Week viewers were treated to a classic conservative versus liberal debate Sunday. When former Clinton labor secretary Robert Reich tried to blame the increase in poverty in the past five years on Republicans, former Speaker of the House and current CNN host Newt Gingrich called it "baloney" firing back, "Every major city which is a center of poverty is run by Democrats" (video follows with transcript and absolutely no need for additional commentary): Gingrich Schools Reich: 'Every Major City Which Is a Poverty Center Is Run By Democrats' JONATHAN KARL, SUBSTITUTE HOST: And let me ask you, Mr....
  • How to Save Cities Millions

    12/06/2013 9:00:27 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/1/2013 | Michael LaFaive
    Many quotes have been attributed to Mark Twain over the test of time, such as this gem: "I saw a startling sight today, it was a politician with his hands in his own pockets." That bit of transcendent satire rings with truth because time and again, members of both major parties seemingly manage to extract more of what we earn. In the United States, taxes from such sources as state and local income taxes, sales and gross receipts taxes, motor fuel taxes, vehicle taxes and alcohol taxes all hit record peaks in the second quarter of 2013. In other words,...
  • Half Of The United States Lives In These Counties

    09/05/2013 3:23:41 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 57 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 9-5-13 | Walter Hickey & Joe Weisenthal
    Using Census data, we've figured out that half of the United States population is clustered in just the 146 biggest counties out of over 3000. Here's the map, with said counties shaded in. Below the map is the list of all the counties, so you can see if you live in one of them. See link for list of names.
  • Half Of The United States Lives In These Counties

    09/05/2013 7:00:02 AM PDT · by Kip Russell · 34 replies
    Walter Hickey and Joe Weisenthal ^ | Sept 4, 2013 | Walter Hickey and Joe Weisenthal
    Using Census data, we've figured out that half of the United States population is clustered in just the 146 biggest counties out of over 3000. Here's the map, with said counties shaded in. Below the map is the list of all the counties, so you can see if you live in one of them. And here's the whole list of counties that are shaded in. Los Angeles County, CA Cook County, IL Harris County, TX Maricopa County, AZ San Diego County, CA Orange County, CA Miami-Dade County, FL Kings County, NY Dallas County, TX Queens County, NY (rest of list...
  • The Suburbs Are the New Swing States

    12/02/2013 10:53:20 AM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | NOV 29, 2013 | RICHARD FLORIDA
    American politics turn on a now familiar set of categories: red states vs. blue states, rich states vs. poor states, Frostbelt vs. Sunbelt. But these generalizations mask deeper, less visible fissures in our political geography. We have written a great deal about the role of density in metropolitan voting patterns, highlighting the remarkably consistent and robust political red-to-blue tipping point that occurs when a metro reaches a density of roughly 800 residents per square mile. I took a deeper look at our emerging political geography in a recent feature for Politico magazine, where I argued that the suburbs have become...
  • A (Visual) Tale of 25 Cities (And Half The World's GDP)

    11/24/2013 7:44:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/23/2013 | Tyler Durden
    With more people in the world living in cities than ever before, cities’ share of global GDP is rising: 25 cities account for approximately 50% of the world’s GDP. But not all cities can be winners, and not all are destined for greatness. The following smorgasbord of charts highlight how successful cities have typically had natural advantages such as location, time zone and resources; but more importantly, to remain successful they need education, a skilled workforce, strong property rights, a broad base of industries and in some cases, policies aimed at attracting capital and talent. Conversely, As Goldman notes,...
  • 6 American cities foreign governments warn their citizens about

    11/15/2013 10:17:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/15/2014 | Reid Wilson
    <p>Planning a trip abroad? It’s probably best to check out the State Department’s list of travel warnings for countries with unsafe political situations. At the moment, the State Department has issued travel warnings for 34 countries, from the Central African Republic and El Salvador to Iraq and North Korea.</p>
  • Municipal Crowdfunding, Robocop And Declining Employment And Labor Force Pariticipation

    09/30/2013 7:49:37 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 8 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 09/30/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Crowdfunding has worked for films, political candidates, disaster relief and now real estate. Crowdfunding, the act of soliciting funds from the public, most recently on the Internet, is already a powerful tool. Now it is being used by cities to raise funds bypassing the traditional muni bond market. Central Falls, the Rhode Island city that filed for bankruptcy two years ago, is seeking to finance a park project through a crowdfunding website rather than the municipal-bond market. The city of about 19,000 wants $10,044 to put five trash cans in Jenks Park, which is currently “\”littered with garbage and debris,”...
  • A Poll Asked People In 24 Different Countries To Pick The Best City In The World

    09/07/2013 5:50:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/27/2013 | MEGAN WILLETT
    <p>Ipsos, a market research organization, recently conducted a poll to find The World's Favorite City.</p> <p>The company polled more than 18,000 people in 24 countries to find out the best cities to do business in, live in, and visit.</p> <p>Ipsos then tallied the responses to determine which global cities ranked the highest across all three categories.</p>
  • Fast-food strikes set for cities nationwide

    08/28/2013 5:05:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 41 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/28/13 | Candice Choi and Karen Matthews - ap
    NEW YORK (AP) — Fast-food customers in search of burgers and fries on Thursday might run into striking workers instead. Organizers say thousands of fast-food workers are set to stage walkouts in dozens of cities around the country, part of a push to get chains such as McDonald's, Taco Bell and Wendy's to pay workers higher wages. It's expected be the largest nationwide strike by fast-food workers, according to organizers. The biggest effort so far was over the summer when about 2,200 of the nation's millions of fast-food workers staged a one-day strike in seven cities. Thursday's planned walkouts follow...
  • The 20 Safest Cities In America

    07/25/2013 10:53:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/25/2013 | AMELIA ACOSTA AND ANMARGARET WARNER
    Violent crime reports rose in America for the first time in 2006, according to FBI statistics. However, the recent 1.2% increase belies a long-term trend: America is becoming a much safer country. To find out which parts of America are the safest, we looked at the FBI's latest report on crime and found cities with violent crime rates substantially below the national average. We only included cities with populations of more than 200,000 to exclude suburban areas. Many of the cities are repeat winners from our 2011 report on America's safest cities. Irvine, Calif. has been the safest city in...
  • Obama Admin Plans To 'Force' Americans To Move Into Cities

    07/02/2013 3:39:45 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 130 replies
    You Tube ^ | 67/2/13 | XRepublicTV
    "Redistributing" the Wealth
  • The Most Competitive Cities of the Future

    06/25/2013 1:34:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 06/25/2013 | Mike Sauter
    Singapore is currently the most competitive city in the world, beating out New York and London, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), which focuses on global research. However, says the EIU, by 2025, New York City will be number one. In order for a city to be globally competitive, it must have a large and growing economy, a good legal system, an inviting and productive culture, good infrastructure and it must have good policy on things that determine long-term stability and success, like the environment. The EIUÂ’s latest report attempts to identify those cities that, as of 2012, best...
  • Greenfield: Little Brother in the Big City

    06/13/2013 5:54:29 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 18 replies
    Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog ^ | Thursday, June 13, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Thursday, June 13, 2013 Little Brother in the Big City Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog 0 Comments When the big things start getting out of control, we start focusing on the little ones instead. Tackling small problems we can't solve is a good way to feel good about the big ones that we can't. Can't do anything about the nice young men from Nigeria, Somalia and Bangladesh who occasionally stop maxing out social welfare and working odd jobs to set off bombs in the London Underground or butcher a soldier within sight of his base? Just...
  • 19 Cities Where Americans Are Struggling To Get By

    05/20/2013 7:16:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/20/2013 | Mamta Badkar
    American households are under stress again, according to the latest consumer distress index by CredAbility. “Despite the growth in jobs and an improved housing market, our index shows that the average U.S. household has seen little improvement in the past year and took a step back in 2013’s first quarter,” according to Phil Baldwin, CEO of CredAbility. Baldwin is referring to the rise in payroll taxes at the start of the year, which has forced people to save more. CredAbility adds that 49 million people are still on food stamps, and nearly 12 million are still unemployed. American households on...
  • 10 Most Expensive Places to Live in the U.S.

    04/07/2013 10:26:19 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 59 replies ^ | april 5, 2013 | Jason McCormick
    Which U.S. cities have the highest costs of living? The Council for Community and Economic Research recently measured the prices of common purchases in 307 urban areas to find the cost of the professional standard of living in each location. The index, its fifth edition, crunched more than 50,000 prices -- everything from grocery items to transportation to housing. The national average on the index is 100. Following is a look at each of the 10 most expensive cities in the United States.
  • The 11 Most Miserable Cities In America

    04/01/2013 6:55:09 AM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Julie Zeveloff
    Gallup is out with its latest batch of "well-being" data, and a new city has fallen to the lowest spot in the rankings. This year, Charleston, W.Va. ranked lowest on the pollster's index of well-being in metropolitan areas. It displaced Huntington-Ashland, W.Va.-Ky.-Ohio, which came in last place the previous two years. The index ranks well-being by averaging scores in six categories: Life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors, and access to basic necessities.
  • Top Ten Most Dangerous Cities in America Each Led by a Democrat

    03/04/2013 7:11:07 PM PST · by grundle · 33 replies ^ | October 20, 2012 | Barry Secrest
    Detroit for the fourth year in a row, is ranked as the "most dangerous city" in America according to Forbes online. The statistics indicate that Detroit suffered about 2,137 acts of violent crime per 100,000 residents. However, when we rank the extraordinary crime levels for each of these 'dangerous' cities, we noticed a startling trend in our quick research, and we weren't the only ones who noticed it, apparently. You see, each of these cities has one commonality being that each is also led by a Democrat Mayor, and these days you know what Democrat actually means.... "Liberal." Indeed, if...
  • The Best and Worst Run Cities in America

    02/11/2013 9:09:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 02/12/2013
    Many qualities separate the best-run and worst-run cities. But perhaps the most important is access to jobs. The economies of the best-run cities fall into two categories. They either have a booming industry or are near other major urban areas that create employment opportunities. The worst-run cities simply do not have the same access to jobs. 24/7 Wall St.Â’s analysis of the best-run and worst-run cities demonstrates that encouraging businesses to prosper and create jobs is the most important function of local government.Read the Best-Run Cities in AmericaRead the Worst-Run Cities in America24/7 Wall St. has completed its first...
  • The Guns of Obamerica

    01/21/2013 5:05:22 AM PST · by expat1000 · 19 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | January 20, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Forget Wal-Mart and skip your local gun show. The murderers of tomorrow will not be found wearing orange vests at your local sporting goods store. They won't have NRA memberships or trophies on their walls. You won't find them in America. Look for them in Obamerica. 67% of firearm murders took place in the country's 50 largest metro areas. The 62 cities in those metro areas have a firearm murder rate of 9.7, more than twice the national average. Among teenagers the firearm murder rate is 14.6 or almost three times the national average. Those numbers are from six years...
  • The Best and Worst Run Cities in America

    01/17/2013 8:31:48 AM PST · by Jeff Chandler · 13 replies
    247 Wall St. ^ | January 5, 2012 at 6:15 am
    9. Chandler, Ariz. > Violent crime per 1,000 people: 2.86 (14th lowest) > Poverty rate: 8.2% (6th lowest) > Adult population graduated from high school: 91.5% (13th highest) > Credit rating: Aaa (stable outlook) > Population: 236,775 Chandler is one of the newest large cities in the U.S. The city was incorporated in 1951, but the population did not truly expand until very recently. In 1980, Chandler, which is located within the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, had a population of 30,000. Now, it has a population of 247,000. There are countless examples of cities that experienced this level of growth,...
  • 16 Ways Asian Cities Are Making Their US Counterparts Look Like The Third World

    01/05/2013 7:53:42 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/03/2013 | Joshua Berlinger
    Despite the global economic slowdown, Asia's cities are continuing to widen the perceived technological gap between its American counterparts. The juxtaposition is visible from the moment your feet leave the plane. Many of the airports in Asia's biggest cities are stunning, engineering marvels — and make those in the U.S. seem outdated. Has America's early leadership in technology and engineering evaporated? Or is it hidden at first glance? 1) The Shanghai Magnetic Levitation (Maglev) floats on magnets and is the world's fastest commercially operated train, traveling at speeds up to 268 mph. 2) Seoul's local government has launched a $44...
  • Brookings: Only 3 major cities seeing economic recovery

    11/30/2012 8:23:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/30/2012 | Rick Moran
    Four more years! Four more years! Reuters: ******** Retailers moving into old downtown buildings, an abundance of freshly planted greenspaces, and a stream of new jobs in Knoxville, Tennessee, are all signs to Mayor Madeline Rogero that for the last year prosperity has been blooming in her city. "We feel very good about how we're coming out of this recession," Rogero said. "We see new interest. We see new development that's occurring. We're optimistic that this recovery is going to continue." Knoxville is a member of a very small club. Three and a half years since the 2007-09 economic recession...
  • Peninsula cities queue up to vote on plastic bag bans [San Mateo County, Calif.]

    11/28/2012 7:51:06 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 10 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 11/28/2012 | Bonnie Eslinger
    [snip] Under the ordinance, stores will be prohibited from offering customers plastic bags for carrying out purchases and will be required to charge a dime per paper bag. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2015, the price of paper bags will go up to 25 cent each. [snip] "Most of the comments I've gotten to date are not only supportive, but they are really enthused about it," said Moura, adding that the only complaint he's heard involves the paper bag charge. County officials are hoping as many of the bans will go into effect as possible by April 22, which is Earth...
  • What do the Poorest 10 Cities in America Have in Common?

    11/11/2012 5:54:52 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 23 replies
    godfather politics ^ | 11-10-12 | gary demar
    Government programs designed to help the poor have destroyed generations of American families, schools, and culture. One would think that repeated bad economic news and the downgrading of families that inhibit job growth would lead people to find a better solution to help them out of their impoverished condition. Instead, they vote for the same type of politician who blames the wealthy, calls for tax increases, and wonders why poverty goes up, businesses move out, and crime and illegitimacy soar. The following ten cities have a great deal in common. The first thing is their poverty level. The second is...
  • The 10 most expensive cities for middle class Americans revealed (Mega Hurl)

    10/22/2012 4:15:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 22, 2012 | Michael Zennie
    New Yorkers love to complain about how expensive their city is, but a new study reveals that the Big Apple is more affordable for middle class families than places like Cincinnati, Ohio, Detroit, Michigan, or Portland, Oregon. New York is the tenth most affordable major city for middle-income homes -- thanks to high median incomes and the city's expansive transportation system, according to a report by the Center for Housing Policy and Center for Neighborhood Technology. New York wasn't the only surprise on the list. The most affordable city, according to the study, was Washington, DC, which is another notoriously...
  • 4 US Cities made the top 50 most dangerous in the world...and guess who leads them?

    10/10/2012 9:24:14 AM PDT · by ICE-FLYER · 28 replies
    Four (4) US Cities made the top 50 most dangerous cities in the world and for various reasons but ostensibly for their dangerous murder rate level. I have highly excerpted this article. The entire list can be found at: Looking at the top 50 most dangerous cities in the world here is the list of those US cities and who is leading them, you will most likely NOT be surprised: #48 Baltimore: Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake (Democrat) City has been led by democrats since 1967 #43 Saint Louis: Mayor Francis G. Slay (Democrat) City has been led by democrats...
  • The 50 Most Dangerous Cities In The World (Visit at your own risk)

    10/10/2012 8:54:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/10/2012 | Joshua Berlinger
    Earlier, this year, a Mexican think tank — the Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice — released a study ranking the world's most violent cities in 2011, and the results were astonishing. The 20 most violent cities were all in Latin America. The USA had some alarming scores too, led by New Orleans at 21. Other dangerous cities were located in Africa. None of the top 50 was in Europe or Asia, despite great unrest in those regions. The ranking is based on murder rate per capita in 2011.
  • Obama’s Plan for Ohio : Making suburban taxpayers prop up failing Democratic cities

    10/08/2012 6:54:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/08/2012 | Stanley Kurtz
    Suburbanites of Ohio, listen up. As swing voters in the ultimate swing state, you will have an outsized impact on this election. President Obama has pledged to govern in the interests of middle-class voters like you. With so much resting on your shoulders, that is a promise you should scrutinize with care. What exactly are Obama’s plans for Ohio’s suburban communities? The answer may shock you. President Obama aims to help Ohio’s Democrats bail out your state’s struggling cities by forcibly transferring suburban tax money to urban treasuries. It’s a bold plan to redistribute the wealth of Ohio’s suburbs. It...
  • Plans for Honduras start-up city hit by transparency concerns

    09/11/2012 1:28:40 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 7 September 2012 | Jonathan Watts
    Plans to create a neo-liberal start-up city in Honduras with its own laws, tax rules and police force suffered a setback on Friday when the economic guru who inspired the project said he has been unable to act as its guarantor and watchdog.
  • Stop Bailing Out Cities (just let people move to where markets are pulling them)

    08/30/2012 9:39:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Four Percent Growth Project ^ | 08/30/2012 | Carl Schramm
    “Cities come and go.” That’s the message from Rupert Murdoch, who spoke recently about immigration at an event hosted by the New England Council in Boston. This view found disagreement from Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who advanced a vision of giving citizenship to any foreigner who would move to Detroit and homestead, reasoning that immigrants would establish a new economy and revive the city. Mayor Bloomberg was being guided by the prevailing sense that government can solve the problem of dying cities; it’s just a matter of finding the right solution. Detroit cannot be revived to the economic power it once...
  • America's Safest Weather Cities

    08/09/2012 8:52:35 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 77 replies ^ | Aug 9, 2012, 5:44 AM EDT | Jon Erdman
    Virtually no location in the U.S. is 100% safe from dangerous weather. According to the National Weather Service, the combination of flooding, lightning, tornadoes, tropical cyclones, snow/ice storms, extreme heat, extreme cold, high winds, and rip currents claims almost 600 lives each year in the U.S., on average. Of course, catastrophic events in any year (Hurricane Katrina, spring 2011 tornadoes) can skew the averages. However, there are locations in the U.S. where the weather is generally "safer."
  • Burn Down the Suburbs?

    08/05/2012 7:18:07 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 67 replies
    National Review ^ | Aug 1, 2012 | Stanley Kurtz
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE Burn Down the Suburbs? By Stanley Kurtz August 1, 2012 4:00 A.M. Editor’s Note: This article is adapted from Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities, by Stanley Kurtz, from Sentinel HC. President Obama is not a fan of America’s suburbs. Indeed, he intends to abolish them. With suburban voters set to be the swing constituency of the 2012 election, the administration’s plans for this segment of the electorate deserve scrutiny. Obama is a longtime supporter of “regionalism,” the idea that the suburbs should be folded into the cities,...
  • California Cities Consider Seizing Mortgages

    07/05/2012 10:57:24 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 55 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 5, 2012 | WSJ/NICK TIMIRAOS
    A handful of local officials in California who say the housing bust is a public blight on their cities may invoke their eminent-domain powers to restructure mortgages as a way to help some borrowers who owe more than their homes are worth. Investors holding the current mortgages predict the move will backfire by driving up borrowing costs and further depress property values. "I don't see how you could find it anything other than appalling," said Scott Simon, a managing director at Pacific Investment Management Co., or Pimco, a unit of Allianz SE. Eminent domain allows a government to forcibly acquire...
  • America's Richest Cities In 1978 And Today

    06/27/2012 12:25:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/27/2012 | Jordan Weissmann, The Atlantic
    In many ways, the contemporary history of America's economy is really a story about cities. Metro areas rise and fall with each generation, buoyed or sunk by the industries and trends that support them. The chart below, from the McKinsey Global Institute, does a beautiful job telling that story. On the left, we have the top 30 U.S. metro areas ranked by real GDP as of 1978. On the right, the top 30 for 2010. That cross-hatch of red and blue lines shows just how much churn there has been in the economy. But I think there are three main...
  • Smaller Cities Like Austin, Athens And Spokane Will Win Out In the recession

    06/25/2012 8:36:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/24/2012 | Dr. Stan Humphries, Chief Economist, Zillow Inc.
    During the housing bust, two hypotheses made the rounds. The first one stated that the American attachment to homeownership is over. The second one was homeowners are going to eschew suburbs in favor of the convenience and vitality of urban living. I don’t believe either of these to be true. Yes, the homeownership rate crested at almost 70 percent in 2004, just before the housing bubble burst, and is now down to 65 percent. But this retrenchment doesn’t represent a rejection of the premise of homeownership. The current level of homeownership is now around its long-term historical average. Frankly, homeownership...
  • US murder rates in big cities rose in 2011

    06/14/2012 12:37:03 PM PDT · by SteelToe · 18 replies
    Press TV ^ | June 14, 2012
    New FBI data shows that violent crime rates are improving across America, but among cities with the highest crime problems, murder rates continued to rise in 2011. The FBI finds that violent crime dropped 4% in 2011, compared with a 5.5% drop in 2010. The 2011 FBI crime data shows that violent crime rose in more than half of the cities that have among the highest rates in the country. In seven of the 10 cities, murder rates increased. In eight of the 10, burglary went up. Many are cutting police forces through planned layoffs and attrition. More than half...
  • Turn Out The Lights - Largest U.S. Cities Becoming Cesspools Of Filth, Decay And Wretchedness

    05/25/2012 9:05:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 154 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 05/24/2012 | Michael Snyder
    Once upon a time, the largest U.S. cities were the envy of the entire world. Sadly, that is no longer the case. Sure, there are areas of New York City, Boston, Washington and Los Angeles that are still absolutely beautiful but for the most part our major cities are rapidly rotting and decaying. Cities such as Detroit, Cleveland, Baltimore, Memphis, New Orleans, St. Louis and Oakland were all once places where middle class American workers thrived and raised their families. Today, all of those cities are rapidly being transformed into cesspools of filth, decay and wretchedness. Millions of good jobs...
  • Chinese cities coming to America

    05/11/2012 12:55:02 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 158 replies
    rightsidenews ^ | May 10, 2012 | American dream
    A Chinese group known as "Sino-Michigan Properties LLC" has bought up 200 acres of land near the town of Milan, Michigan.  Their plan is to construct a "China City" with artificial lakes, a Chinese cultural center and hundreds of housing units for Chinese citizens.  Essentially, it would be a little slice of communist China dropped right into the heartland of America.This "China City" would be located about 40 minutes from both Detroit and Toledo, and it would be marketed to Chinese business people that want to start businesses in the United States.  Unfortunately, this is not just an isolated incident. ...
  • If Economy Is Recovering, Why Are U.S. Cities Going Bankrupt?

    03/10/2012 4:36:36 AM PST · by blam · 44 replies
    TMO ^ | 3-10-2012 | EWI
    If Economy Is Recovering, Why Are U.S. Cities Going Bankrupt? Interest-Rates / US Debt Mar 09, 2012 - 01:16 PM By: EWI As pundits chatter about an economic recovery, 80 miles east of San Francisco you'll find a city (pop. 292,000) facing bankruptcy: Stockton is on the verge of becoming the largest city in the United States to declare bankruptcy... San Francisco Chronicle (3/4) Bloomberg reports (2/25) that it costs the city $175,000 just to get a consulting firm's fiscal evaluation. Management Partners issued a report which said: ...the city took on a large amount of debt in anticipation of...