Unlocking the Potential of Post-Industrial Cities

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In their new book, Unlocking the Potential of Post-Industrial Cities, authors Matthew E. Kahn, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Economics and Business and Director of the 21st Century Cities Initiative (21CC) at Johns Hopkins, and Mac McComas, senior program manager at 21CC, explore the recent history and potential future of Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis. They ask how the public and private sectors can craft policies and make investments that create safe, green cities where young people reach their full potential. They also highlight recent lessons from urban economics in labor market demand and supply, neighborhood quality of life, and local governance while scrutinizing strategies to lift people out of poverty. The book provides a roadmap for how urban policy makers, community members, and practitioners in the public and private sector can work together with researchers to discover how all cities can solve the most pressing modern urban challenges. Join this discussion for the inside scoop of all that the book entails, straight from the authors. 

For more information about the topics and framing of the book, read this recent HUB article


Headshot of Matthew KahnMatthew E. Kahn is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Economics and Business at Johns Hopkins University and the Director of JHU's 21st Century Cities Initiative . He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a research fellow at IZA. He has taught at Columbia, the Fletcher School at Tufts University, UCLA and USC. He has served as a Visiting Professor at Harvard and Stanford and as the Low Tuck Kwong Distinguished Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore. He is a graduate of Hamilton College and the London School of Economics. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago. He is the author of Green Cities: Urban Growth and the Environment (Brookings Institution Press 2006) and the co-author (joint with Dora L. Costa) of Heroes and Cowards: The Social Face of War (Princeton University Press 2009). He is also the author of Climatopolis (Basic Books 2010) and Blue Skies over Beijing: Economic Growth and the Environment in China (joint with Siqi Zheng published by Princeton Press in 2016). He has also published three other Amazon Kindle books on urban economics and microeconomics. His research focuses on urban and environmental economics.

Headshot of Mac McComasMac McComas is the senior program manager of 21st Century Cities Initiative. His research focuses on access to capital for small businesses and minority entrepreneurs. He serves on the board of WYPR, NPR’s local affiliate station and on the board of The Friends of the Jones Falls. He received his MA in Scottish History from the University of Edinburgh and his MLitt in Scottish Historical Studies from the University of St Andrews with a focus on the socio-economic causes of migration in 19th century Scotland and the Americas.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021
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