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Jim Russell

Jim Russell
Jim Russell is a geographer studying the relationship between migration and economic development.

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Explaining Gentrification

There are more factors at play than just those related to the real estate market.

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Ironic Demographics: The Higher Education Bubble

Demographic decline is shrinking the pool of applicants for all but a handful of global superbrands, 80 percent of which are located in the United States.

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Seattle Is Dying

With a diversified employment base, the Emerald City will survive as Boeing starts looking for new talent outside of Washington State. But what does the search for cheap STEM talent say about the Innovation Economy?

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The City Is Dying

Population growth isn’t what it used to be, at least in developed countries.

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Peak Urbanization

Is it just you or is everyone hatching plans to move somewhere less expensive?

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Bright Flight From Silicon Valley

Talented people are starting to move to places where the cost of living is more reasonable, but a town can’t just be cheap and wonderful. It also has to be connected.

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Silicon Rust

Silicon Shore. Silicon Beach. Silicon Roundabout. How many different technology hubs can we have? Like the untethering of manufacturing from regional natural resources that crushed the Rust Belt, Silicon Valley’s one-time advantage of a high concentration of venture capitalists matters less and less as the cost of technology falls.

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Happy H-1B Visa Day

Is the Big Tech lobbying effort for immigration reform just a ruse to keep wages low?

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Los Angeles Is Beginning to Look a Lot Like Pittsburgh

Concerns about population growth and decline are artifacts of the 19th century and the industrial revolution. For them to make any sense today, we need to look at the numbers in a much different way.

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The International Trade of Talent

Just because a net migration number is negative doesn’t mean there is brain drain. A shrinking population doesn’t always indicate a dying place.

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To Make Friends, Autistic Kids Need Advice—and Space

Kids with autism need help when it comes to making friends—but they also need their independence.

Gaming the Wedding Gift Registry System

Registering for your wedding? Keep your must-have items away from the average price of your registry—they’re unlikely to be purchased.

Smokey Can’t Save Us: Wildfires Are Out of Control

New research shows how rapidly fire dangers are rising in the American West. The results could help governments plan ahead for the flames.

Banning Chocolate Milk Was a Bad Choice

The costs of banning America's favorite kids drink from schools may outweigh the benefits, a new study suggests.

In Battle Against Climate Change, Cities Are Left All Alone

Cities must play a critical role in shifting the world to a fossil fuel-free future. So why won't anybody help them?

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014