Author Archives: Thomas Skuzinski

Is a (federal) urban agenda politically possible?

Few would dispute that the United States is hard to characterize as an urban nation.  Yes, we’ll always have New York City, but by world standards even the density there is simply what we’d expect of a major global city. And we could, … Continue reading

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What it means to have renters in the suburbs

In the wake of the Great Recession and mortgage foreclosure crisis, the rate of home ownership has declined and renting is on the rise, particularly among those under the age of 35. As young academics, what are the questions we … Continue reading

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Can local policies handle the problem of gentrification?

While local policies to mitigate the displacement caused by gentrification are critical– perhaps now more than at any time in the last half century–local governments in the U.S. have little incentive to adopt such policies.  A recent article in The Atlantic … Continue reading

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Political Participation and Planners

When the public disengages from local politics, what does it mean for planners and other professionals in city government?   In the story of Detroit, one of the newer chapters will be about what effect the return to a district-based … Continue reading

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