By: Marian Kansas, Consultant
Alan Mallach’s book The Divided City: Poverty and Prosperity in Urban America explores the rise and fall of America’s industrial cities. For us, it was an illuminating read on economic development, especially as Avalanche is advising communities across the Rust Belt.
We were especially interested in the chapter “From Factories to Eds and Meds.” Cities with rich histories like Baltimore, Cleveland and Pittsburgh have been able to weather the difficult transition in part because of their strong higher education and healthcare sectors (“eds and meds”).Continue reading “Eds & Meds in the Transformation of Industrial Cities”
Research finds merit in both place-based policies, economic policy that improves the economy of a location, and people-based policies, economic policy that helps people move to more prosperous areas with better jobs and quality of life. But which is more effective?