Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Richey Piiparinen must appear as stern as this photo of a nun in a Cleveland area restaurant to some "cool and hip" city thinkers.
Though he favors throwing around the "R" word too much to my liking (that is his thing, though), I label his NewGeography.com piece a must-read.
He pins to the ground the whole premise that population growth is a measure of success for a region, and its economy. There's lessons for urban and suburban economic development policy makers in his message. Take off those rust-colored glasses.
His summation sums up a lot of data: "Regaining focus entails removing the rust-colored glasses. Rust Belt leaders will see there are assets to work with, not to mention feel the freedom that comes with no longer being a study in contrast for those touting a future that really isn’t."
See The Ugly City Beautiful: A Policy Analysis.