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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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Burgh Diaspora


LeBron James Migration: Big Chef Seeking Small Pond

The King’s return to Cleveland is a symbol for the dramatic shift in domestic as well as international migration.

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Geographic Scale and Talent Migration: Washington, D.C.’s New Silver Line

Around the country, suburbs are fighting with the urban core over jobs and employees.

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Confusing Population Change With Migration

A lot of population change is baked into a region from migration that happened decades ago.

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Battle of the Public Intellectuals: Edward Glaeser vs. Richard Florida

On gentrification and housing costs.

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Irrational Choice Theory: The LeBron James Migration From Miami to Cleveland

Return migrants to Cleveland have been coming home in large numbers for quite some time. It makes perfect sense.

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What Tech Talent Shortage? Microsoft Trims 18,000 Employees From Payroll

Like manufacturing before it, the Innovation Economy has reached a turning point, with jobs moving to places where labor is cheaper.

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Not About LeBron James: Economic Restructuring in Cleveland

The basketball star isn’t the only one moving back to Ohio. Even with manufacturing on the decline, Cleveland is drawing talented migrants from other areas.

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Affordable Housing: Geography of Supply and Demand

The geography of housing demand is a lot more nimble than the geography of housing supply.

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The Geopolitics of Gentrification

The international market for U.S. real estate looks nothing like the domestic market for U.S. real estate.

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Demographic Tale of the Tape: Vox vs. FiveThirtyEight

Matt Yglesias, despite Vox’s commitment to deliver “crucial context alongside new information,” passes along tired geographic stereotypes.

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Illusion of Local: Why Zoning for Greater Density Will Fail to Make Housing More Affordable

We keep fudging the facts in order to maintain the preferred narrative.

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The Pseudoscience of Jane Jacobs and Innovation Districts

Where we find innovation, we find industry clusters. That doesn’t mean the two are causally linked.

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The Death of Urbanization in the United States

We continue to confuse population change with net domestic migration. Over the last 20 years, the U.S. has become increasingly rural even as many of its cities have grown.

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Density Boondoggles: Innovation Districts

Migration, not greater density, drives technological change.

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Demographics: 1; Gentrification Hysteria: 0

Brooklyn is the land where myths become geographic fact, at least when it comes to the New York Post.

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Quality of Place and Migration

People vote with their feet. The regions with the best retention should be the regions with the best quality of place.

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Housing Affordability and the New Geography of Jobs

High land prices are a feature of the new economy.

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Race, Jobs, and Gentrification

Housing supply populism avoids race and economic inequality.

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Not So Much ‘New York Poor’ as ‘Pittsburgh Rich’

What will happen when young talent starts refusing to subsidize the creative industries that aren’t really profitable in America’s most expensive cities?

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Racism, Reparations, and Migration

On how emigrating changes the racial experience.

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Superstar Neighborhoods and the Concentration of Wealth

The geography of income inequality is all about demand.

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Turning Real Estate Market Fundamentals on Their Head

Superstar cities and the spread of gentrification.

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Giving Up on Urban Neighborhoods

Many of the efforts made to resuscitate dying cities aren’t concerned with dying neighborhoods. Sometimes it’s easier to just amputate the limbs to save the body.

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Geography of Income Equality and Gentrification

In a truly global market, the price of real estate doesn’t necessarily reflect the ability of those living in the area to afford it.

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Migration and Development in an Age of Growing Economic Inequality

A dispatch from the “Reinventing Older Communities: Bridging Growth & Opportunity” conference in Philadelphia.

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The Rise of the Nuisance Flood

Minor floods are afflicting parts of Maryland nearly 10 times more often than was the case in the 1960s.

America’s Streams Are Awash With Pesticides Banned in Europe

You may have never heard of clothianidin, but it's probably in your local river.

How Textbooks Have Changed the Face of War

War is more personal, less glorious, and more hellish in modern textbooks than in the past. But there’s still room for improvement.

NASA Could Build Entire Spacecrafts in Space Using 3-D Printers

This year NASA will experiment with 3-D printing small objects in space. That could mark the beginning of a gravity-free manufacturing revolution.

The Most Popular Ways to Share Good and Bad Personal News

Researchers rank the popularity of all of the different methods we have for telling people about our lives, from Facebook to face-to-face.

The Big One

One in two full-time American fast-food workers' families are enrolled in public assistance programs, at a cost of $7 billion per year. July/August 2014

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