"One Path to Better Jobs: More Density in Cities"

The New York Times | September 3, 2011

“HELL is other people,” wrote Jean-Paul Sartre. He nonetheless spent much of his life in Paris, the better to interact with other French intellectuals. Cities have long been incubators and transmitters of ideas, and, correspondingly, engines of economic growth.

That has never made the crowds less annoying. Maybe that’s why people try to tame the city by chaining it down and limiting who can build what where along its quieter streets. We lobby leaders to fight development, aiming to protect old buildings and precious views, limit crime and traffic, and maintain high-quality schools. But what makes a city a city and a not-city a not-city is the fact that a city is dense and a not-city isn’t. The idea of it may chill a homeowner’s heart, but the wealth supported by urban density is what gives urban homes their great value in the first place.


"Brains Over Buildings"

Scientific American | August 19, 2011

To rejuvenate urban centers, look to teachers and entrepreneurs.

Detroit once had 1.85 million inhabitants. Now it has fewer than 740,000. cleveland and St. Louis, too, are half the size they were in 1950.

When so many cities are booming, why are some trapped in decline?


"Engines of Innovation"

Scientific American | August 19, 2011

Most of humanity now lives in a metropolis. That simple fact helps to fuel our continued success as a species.

 Crime, congestion and pollution mar all cities, from Los Angeles to Mumbai. But another force trumps the drawbacks of urban living: cities bring opportunities for wealth and for creative inspiration that can result only from face-to-face contact with others.



"What’s Mid-Market? Suddenly everything"

San Francisco Business Times | July 22, 2011

Mid-Market’s geographic boundaries seem to be miraculously expanding.

After decades of false starts and unfulfilled promises, the hard-luck neighborhood is finally on the cusp of true revitalization. And becoming fashionable.


"Student beds planned for Mid-Market site"

San Francisco Business Time | July 15, 2011

Developer Patrick Kennedy has bought the former Guitar Center building at Mission and Ninth streets in San Francisco and plans to build a 200-unit student housing facility that could serve the California College of the Arts and other institutions.


"Relief ahead for city’s student housing shortage"

San Francisco Business Time | June 24, 2011

Aneglected segment of San Francisco housing is getting some attention.

In November, the San Francisco Planning Commission approved legislation that would allow residential projects for students to be an exemption from affordable housing requirements, thus increasing the financial incentive to consider building or renovating student housing.