Urbanism and the New Economy blog Thursday, Jun 25 2009 

A colleague of mine at Lawrence Group’s office in North Carolina is blogging on >Urbanism and the New Economy: Resources and Ideas for Sustainable Communities in the 21st Century.<

I’m linking it here, but also blogrolling it.

I don’t see a Feedblitz subscription option on the site yet, but it’s new. I suggested it to him today, and hopefully he will add that soon.

If you’re interested at all in sustainability, urban planning, city planning, town planning, architecture, quality of life or any related issues, this promises to be good and informative reading. The current post is titled “How do we re-center our suburbs?”

Craig S. Lewis, AICP, CNU

Craig S. Lewis, AICP, CNU

The colleague mentioned is Craig S. Lewis, AICP, CNU. He is managing principal of Lawrence Group’s Carolinas office and professionally affiliated with

o American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), 1999
o Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU)
o Urban Land Institute
o American Planning Association–New Urbanism Division Executive Committee

Top 25 US Cities for Your Career Thursday, May 21 2009 

St. Louis Skyline from Busch Stadium

St. Louis Skyline from Busch Stadium

St. Louis came in at #20, nationally.

Compiled by WomenCo

Their criteria:

We looked at cities’ growth rates, average salaries and costs of living.

We factored in average commute time — which, according to experts, has a colossal impact on your overall happiness.

We looked not only at unemployment figures, but also at the rate that unemployment has actually increased since February 2008.

Thinking of relocating for better job prospects? Need to compare two top contenders? Just curious to see where your city ranks? We’ve got you covered. Read on!

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard

Ted Drewes Frozen Custard

What they wrote about St. Louis:

#20. St. Louis, Missouri (USA)

Population: 354,361 (City of St. Louis; Metro area population is 2.7 million in 16 surrounding counties.)

Average Salary: $40,630

Cost of Living Rank (in a 1-100 list): 23

Average Commute Time: 21.5 minutes

Job Growth Rank (in a list of 372 Highest Growth Cities): 179

Unemployment Rate: 9.2 Known as the city that marks the divide between the Eastern and Western United States, St. Louis is often called the “Gateway City.” It’s home to some of our nation’s largest public and privately held corporations —Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Scottrade, Energizer and Anheuser-Busch Breweries are just a few of its best known local companies. And it didn’t just make our own short list of great cities — this charming city ranks among the whole world’s top 100 cities in terms of quality of life.

Bonus fun fact:  The ice cream cone was invented in St. Louis.

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Kiener Plaza

Kiener Plaza

Editor’s note:  So hang in there, St. Louisans. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence—or the country. Enjoy all the free things there are to do in St. Louis this summer, while we wait out the economic slump. We still have so much for which to be grateful.


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