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The Next Economy

America 360

The Little Union That Could

Is There Hope for Local News?

Tim Redmond was another casualty of the shrinking news business. But he's not going to give up on covering his city.

The City That Gave Its Residents $3 Million

Vallejo, California residents were initially psyched to spend tax dollars on their pet projects. But things haven't turned out as they'd hoped.

How Denver Leaders Pulled Off a Public Transit Miracle

Voters agreed to tax themselves for a commuter rail network. Then a budget shortfall almost doomed the whole project. Now it's on track to completion.

This Urban Research University Is Also an Economic Powerhouse

Resources for entrepreneurs and industry partnerships have made it easier than ever for University of Minnesota inventions to hit the market.

The Job Training Program That Actually Works

Twin Cities RISE! is a long-term, expensive program. It also saves the government money.

Is the Twin Cities' New Light-Rail Line an Urban Planner's Dream?

Civic leaders in Minneapolis and St. Paul hope a new train will attract billions of dollars in economic growth.

The New Urban Toolbox

The mayor of Minneapolis talks about the challenges facing the Twin Cities and collaborative solutions for addressing them.

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About The Next Economy

The Great Recession upended expectations about economic security in the United States, and it changed the way we work and live. The Next Economy project asks: How are Americans adapting to the new economy? This joint initiative from the Atlantic and National Journal will use polls, an annual special issue, national and local events with thought leaders and this site to answer that question.