Cities are hot. After decades of decline, demographic, and economic trends now favor urban living as a denser, greener, hipper alternative to suburban sprawl. Increasingly, US cities are drivers of their regional economies and laboratories of new ideas. Even the suburbs are trying to be more like cities, with development near train stations and new walkable town centers.
In their recent book, “The Metropolitan Revolution,” Brookings Institution scholars Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley sum up the ascendancy of cities, especially as the federal government continues to abdicate its role in domestic policy: “Cities are positioning themselves at the cutting edge of reform, investment, and innovation.” With their food trucks, festival waterfronts, and rooftop farms, cities have become buzzing beehives of creativity.