Mercedes, Nissan, BMW: How the Southeast Became the New Hub for Auto-Manufacturing

By: Brandon Tubby No place in America has deeper ties to the automotive industry than Detroit, Michigan. A close second could be the town of Smyrna, Tennessee. While much less known, Smyrna became a significant player in the automotive industry when Nissan opened a massive plant in this Nashville suburb in 1982. Its quick success and ascension to the most productive automotive factory in the … Continue reading Mercedes, Nissan, BMW: How the Southeast Became the New Hub for Auto-Manufacturing

REPOST: What Exactly Is “Local Food”? Ten Answers for North Carolina and Beyond

We all need to eat. Each of us deserves access to affordable, healthy, and culturally appropriate nourishment. But food influences more than just individual health.The way in which food is grown (such as the use of pesticides, how animal waste is managed, and the type of crops grown) affect soil, air, and water quality, which in turn affect the health of the environment and people … Continue reading REPOST: What Exactly Is “Local Food”? Ten Answers for North Carolina and Beyond

Seeing the Weird in a Rapidly Changing Austin

Seeing the Weird in a Rapidly Changing Austin This winter break, I crossed another city/state off my bucket list by visiting Austin, Texas. Known for its unique flair (“Keep Austin Weird” is the city’s marketing slogan), music, barbeque, and other fried foods, the city’s rapid change in population over the last couple of decades has transformed its physical landscape. The US Census estimates that from … Continue reading Seeing the Weird in a Rapidly Changing Austin

Tapping Wineries and Breweries as an Economic Development Tool

Sometimes the best way to incubate is to ferment. One Southeast Washington State city has leveraged its unique natural resources to create an incubator for aspiring winemakers. Walla Walla, Washington, population roughly 30,000, is tucked away in the rural southeast corner of the Evergreen State, about 250 miles southeast of Seattle and 200 miles east of Portland, Oregon. It’s not the kind of place people … Continue reading Tapping Wineries and Breweries as an Economic Development Tool

Latin American Gentrification: The Case of Santiago

Gentrification: a word we hear every day in discussions concerning planning in the United States, particularly around central city revitalization, real estate development, housing, economic development, and the list goes on. It generally involves two elements: The movement of high-income groups into urban areas where they have greater resources to pay for land and housing when compared to existing residents. An increase in land values, … Continue reading Latin American Gentrification: The Case of Santiago

What Exactly Is “Local Food”? Ten Answers for North Carolina and Beyond

We all need to eat. Each of us deserves access to affordable, healthy, and culturally appropriate nourishment. But food influences more than just individual health.The way in which food is grown (such as the use of pesticides, how animal waste is managed, and the type of crops grown) affect soil, air, and water quality, which in turn affect the health of the environment and people … Continue reading What Exactly Is “Local Food”? Ten Answers for North Carolina and Beyond

Downtown Revitalization in Dayton, Ohio: Combating Vacancies with Redevelopment

Historically, the downtown core has been the epicenter of economic and social interaction, yet many urban centers have experienced significant decline and sharp increases in vacancy rates. Finding roots in urban renewal practices, changing markets, and suburbanization trends that began roughly sixty years ago, urban vacancy has continued to climb as focus shifts away from city centers. Vacancy in the City of Dayton, Ohio grew … Continue reading Downtown Revitalization in Dayton, Ohio: Combating Vacancies with Redevelopment