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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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Congratulations, Your City Is Dying!

Don’t take population numbers at face value.

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Cheating Demographic Doom: Pittsburgh Exceptionalism and Japan’s Surprising Economic Resilience

Don’t judge a metro or a nation-state by its population numbers.

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Seattle, the Incredible Shrinking City

Seattle is leading the way in the micro-housing movement as an affordable alternative to high-cost city living.

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Comparing Apples to the Big Apple: Yes, Washington, D.C., Is More Expensive Than New York City

Why shouldn’t distant locales tied to jobs in the urban core count in a housing expenditure study?

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Tech Company Wagons Ho! Geography of the Urban Land Rush

Are technology companies willing to spend more for expensive urban real estate in order to attract cheaper talent?

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Solving the Hispanic Mortality Paradox

Why do Hispanics die at slower rates than non-Hispanic whites in the United States?

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A Global City of Eds and Meds

Why are people from all over the world watching tiny Rochester, Minnesota?

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The Urban Geography of Globalization: Global Neighborhoods

Global money follows transit access.

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Are Millennials Willing to Spend Most of Their Income on Housing?

Death, as millennials have taught us, is life in the suburbs.

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The Geography of Foreign Investment in Real Estate

Does supply or demand better map where the money is flowing?

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The Political Geography of Economic Development

Japanese companies are bringing jobs to Alabama—and it’s all too good to be true.

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The Creative Class Boondoggle in Downtown Las Vegas

On Tony Hsieh and the pseudoscience of “collisions.”

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The Geography of Poverty and Migration

The poor, whom we expect to move in order to improve, tend to stay put.

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The Portlandia Paradox

Oregon’s largest city is full of overeducated and underemployed young people.

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No Innovation Without Migration: Portlandia Is Dying

Build an emerald city. Attract the best and brightest with glorious amenities. They will come and do nothing.

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No Innovation Without Migration: The Harlem Renaissance

The Harlem Renaissance wasn’t a place, but an era of migration. It would have happened even without New York City.

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No Innovation Without Migration: Do Places Make People?

We know that people make places, but does it also work the other way?

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No Innovation Without Migration: Breaking Convention

How do large dense cities foment innovation? The conventional wisdom on the subject is speculative at best.

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No Innovation Without Migration

People bring their ideas with them when they move from place to place.

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Poverty and Geography: The Myth of Racial Segregation

Migration, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or sexuality (not to mention class), can be a poverty-buster.

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The Politics of Anti-NIMBYism and Addressing Housing Affordability

Respected expert economists like Paul Krugman and Edward Glaeser are confusing readers with their poor grasp of demography.

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Concluding Remarks About Housing Affordability and Supply Restricitions

Demand, not supply, plays the dominant role in explaining the housing affordability crisis. The wages are just too damn low.

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Why Is the Rent Too Damn High in New York? Don’t Blame Housing Supply

Supply only matters where demand is strong.

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Housing Affordability and Supply Side Economics

Housing affordability in Los Angeles, California—and elsewhere—is more than just a supply problem.

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Politicians Really Aren’t Better Decision Makers

Politicians took part in a classic choice experiment but failed to do better than the rest of us.

Earliest High-Altitude Settlements Found in Peru

Discovery suggests humans adapted to high altitude faster than previously thought.

My Politicians Are Better Looking Than Yours

A new study finds we judge the cover by the book—or at least the party.

That Cigarette Would Make a Great Water Filter

Clean out the ashtray, add some aluminum oxide, and you've (almost) got yourself a low-cost way to remove arsenic from drinking water.

Love and Hate in Israel and Palestine

Psychologists find that parties to a conflict think they're motivated by love while their enemies are motivated by hate.

The Big One

One company, Amazon, controls 67 percent of the e-book market in the United States—down from 90 percent five years ago. September/October 2014 new-big-one-5

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