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Aaron M. Renn has been widely praised and featured numerous times in the media across America. His innovative ideas on cities have been covered by outlets including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, and the Washington Post.

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“The popsicle test: what makes a city good for children?”
The Guardian (August 21, 2015)

“Californian city to get ‘marijuana innovation zone'”
The Guardian (July 27, 2015)

“Chicago: Greece on the Great Lakes”
The American Interest (July 20, 2015)

“The O’Reilly Factor: Crime In America’s Cities”
Fox News (June 1, 2015) – video

“With Broadcom exit, headquarters flight from Southern California continues”
Los Angeles Times (May 29, 2015)

“Here’s How Much New York and San Francisco’s Tight Housing Markets Are Hurting the Economy”
Bloomberg (May 7, 2015)

“Have We Really Reached Peak Car?”
The Guardian (April 30, 2015) – bylined article

“What’s the Perfect Size For a City?
The Guardian (April 23, 2015) – bylined article

“This Chart Tool Shows How City Centers Are Doing Better Than Inner Suburbs”
The Atlantic CityLab (March 2, 2015)

“More New Jobs Are in City Centers While Employment Growth Shrinks in the Suburbs”
The New York Times (February 24, 2015)

“The Cost of Being Cool”
The New York Times (October 1, 2014)

“Detroit bankruptcy judge says he can’t stop water shutoffs”
The Christian Science Monitor (September 29, 2014)

“Will Portland Always Be a Retirement Community for the Young?”
The New York Times (September 16, 2014)

“Paris, troisième ville économique la plus influente au monde”
Le Figaro (Paris) (August 23, 2014)

“Others see Toronto as a success. Why don’t we?”
The Toronto Star (August 19, 2014)

“Perché Milano o Roma non saranno mai tra le città più influenti al mondo”
Il Sole 24 Ore (Milan) (August 19, 2014)

“London tops Forbes list of the world’s most influential cities in 2014”
The Independent (London) (August 18, 2014)

“The people designing your cities don’t care what you want. They’re planning for hipsters.”
The Washington Post (August 15, 2014)

“Size is not the Answer: The Changing Face of the Global City”
Singapore Civil Service College (August 2014)

“New England’s Blue State Blues”
The American Spectator (July 25, 2014)

“Are the Suburbs All They’re Cracked Up to Be?”
Governing (July 2014)

“Toledo Goes to China: Can Small Cities Go It Alone On the Global Stage?”
The Guardian (May 15, 2014)

“Why Democrats Are the Party of Inequality”
The Federalist (April 21, 2014)

“The Song Beneath the Sidewalks”
Orange County Register (April 11, 2014)

“As Washington Looks the Other Way, Are Big Cities on Their Own?”
To the Point, KCRW/Public Radio International (November 18, 2013)

“Richard Florida calls Washington a boomtown of the new economy”
The Washington Post (October 17, 2013)

“Well-Heeled in the Windy City”
City Journal (October 16, 2013) – bylined article

“Pension-Fund Looters Get Tax Breaks, Too”
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone (October 4, 2013) – Highly critical and spells my name wrong (which shows how poorly he has the facts), but I’ll take the love anyway!

“The Boom Towns and Ghost Towns of the New Economy”
The Atlantic (September 18, 2013)

“Lhota Takes the plate”
New York Post (September 3, 2013)

“Leaving Town”
City Journal (Special Issue 2013) – bylined article

“Chicago Revises Parking Meter Deal”
The Wall Street Journal (April 22, 2013)

“Hail, Columbia!”
City Journal (Winter 2013) – bylined article

“New York Scraps Privatizing Parking Meters
The Wall Street Journal (January 26, 2013)

“Police Chief Rahm Emanuel”
National Review (September 17, 2012)

“Miami Now Home to ‘Creative-Class’ Thinker Richard Florida”
Miami Herald (August 19, 2012)

“The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City”
The New York Times (August 12, 2012)

“Every City Needs a Brand”
Salon (June 30, 2012)

“Moving Home – The New Key to Success”
Salon (June 23, 2012)

“The Second-Rate City?”
City Journal (Spring 2012) – bylined article

“New York City Explores Private Deal for Meters”
The Wall Street Journal (May 13, 2012)

“Is Rahm’s plan to rebuild Chicago brilliant – or disastrous?”
The Washington Post (April 26, 2012)

“Will the exurbs ever make a comeback?”
The Washington Post (April 14, 2012)

“Are Some Buildings Too Ugly to Survive?”
The New York Times (April 9, 2012)

“Is DC Becoming America’s True Second City?”
The Washington Post (April 5, 2012)

“Why Some Cities Lose When Others Win”
Richard Florida / The Atlantic Cities (March 30, 2012)

“California’s Top Earners Dwindling as Brown Counts on Their Higher Taxes”
Bloomberg News (January 10, 2012)

“U.S. Population Migrates From Coasts for ‘Gigantic’ Income Boost”
Bloomberg News via San Francisco Chronicle (December 20, 2011)

“CHA Plans to Transform Lathrop Homes Raises Community Concerns”
Chicago Public Radio (November 16, 2011)

“On Urban Ex-Pat Networks in NYC”
The L Magazine (September 28, 2011)

“Chicago’s Black Population Dwindles, Census Numbers Show”
Huffington Post Black Voices (August 4, 2011)

“Q&A With Aaron Renn”
Monocle (July/August 2011) – subscription required

“The polarized race map of America”
Daily Mail (UK) (March 31, 2011)

“New Census data shows which areas of America are growing, shrinking”
Yahoo News (March 30, 2011)

“How race and ethnicity is distributed across the US”
Gawker (March 29, 2011)

“What the Census Tells Us About America’s Future”
Forbes (February 25, 2011)

“Bürgermeisterwahlen in Chicago”
Swiss Public Radio (February 18, 2011) – In German

“Mayor Monday: Assessing Chicago’s Transportation Future”
WBEZ 91.5 FM Chicago Public Radio (January 10, 2011)

“Where the Smart People are Going”
The Atlantic (December 21, 2010)

“The Top 10 Places in America Poised for Recovery”
Newsweek (November 8, 2010)

“Time Expired: The End of the Parking Meter”
Tom Vanderbilt/Slate (October 18, 2010)

“Bold Public-Private Venture Aims to Make Portland an ‘Icon of Sustainability'”
The New York Times (July 7, 2010)

“Two Takes On Atlanta”
The Atlantic Monthly (May 21, 2010)

“Rethinking Detroit’s Decline”
Reihan Salam / National Review (March 31, 2010)

“The Campaign to Save the Rust Belt”
The Atlantic (March 19, 2010)

“The Rise of the Megaregion”
Governing (January 2010)

“The Mayor as CEO”
Forbes (December 3, 2009) – bylined opinion article

“Plowing Detroit Into Farmland – Idea of the Day Blog”
The New York Times (November 9, 2009)

“Detroit: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”
TIME (November 7, 2009)

“Pittsburgh? Yes, Pittsburgh”
Forbes (September 2, 2009)

“How the ‘Average Jane’ Changed a Neighborhood”
Christian Science Monitor (May 22, 2009)

The Urban State of Mind: Meditations on the City is the first Urbanophile e-book, featuring provocative essays on the key issues facing our cities, including innovation, talent attraction and brain drain, global soft power, sustainability, economic development, and localism. Included are 28 carefully curated essays out of nearly 1,200 posts in the first seven years of the Urbanophile, plus 9 original pieces. It's great for anyone who cares about our cities.

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Aaron M. Renn is an opinion-leading urban analyst, consultant, speaker, and writer on a mission to help America’s cities thrive and find sustainable success in the 21st century.

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