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Fighting the Geography of Discontent

/   Clara Hendrickson, Mark Muro, & William A. Galston, The American Interest

Neoliberal policy failures have played a critical role in shaping today’s regionally splintered political landscape.

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The Biggest, Richest Cities Won Amazon, and Everything Else. What Now for the Rest?

/   Neil Irwin, New York Times

Various approaches could lessen the economic shocks that globalization and technological change have delivered. Some might even be bipartisan.

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Trump Tax Break Aims to Turn Distressed Areas Into ‘Opportunity Zones’

/   Sophie Quinton, Pew Research

David Dragoo’s two companies own 164 acres of former farmland along the Uncompahgre River near downtown Montrose, Colorado.

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If you want to see the future of work, don’t look to Amazon HQ2

/   Stephane Kasriel, Fast Company

By choosing to build in New York and D.C., Amazon bypassed an opportunity to spur economic growth in a place that needs it–but also ignored trends showing that young workers don’t want to be tethered to an office anyway.

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Opportunity knocks in the US for rundown areas — and investors

/   Joshua Chaffin, Financial Times

Supporters see the new zones as a bold plan to develop poor areas

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HQ2 and Opportunity Zones: The Big Picture

Amazon’s high-profile HQ2 competition has rightly put the issue of economic development incentives under the microscope. There is plenty of evidence that traditional state and local location incentives are both wasteful and ineffective, creating a race to the bottom among communities. In the case of HQ2, the selection of Long Island City has also raised…

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