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Laura J. Snook

Detroit as a Maker City

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Where once large swathes of Detroit stood vacant and decaying, today this Maker City’s economy is so vibrant – and the influx of talent so great – that Motor City now faces a housing shortage. Last year, housing prices recorded spikes of 11%. In Downtown neighborhoods, it’s not uncommon to see $300,000 condos or the occasional $1 million loft. In 2011, the Live Midtown program was launched by the Henry Ford…

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Pittsburgh: A Role Model for Resurgence

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High above the Pittsburgh skyline, the gleaming 64-story skyscraper once known as US Steel Tower today bears very different insignia. In bold white capitals, some 250 metres above street level, the initials UPMC – University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre – testify to the seismic economic shift that’s fast changing Pittsburgh’s fortunes. Following the collapse of the steel industry in the 1990s, the city in which Hillman, Heinz and Carnegie made…

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Rotterdam: from Innovation District to Maker City

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Rotterdam was once the industrial heartland of South Holland, where ocean-bound behemoths took shape beneath the hands of the nation’s finest shipbuilders. Today, despite the disappearance of SS Rotterdam and her kin from its docks, this still-vibrant port city is testament to how innovation can help bring an ailing metropolis back to life. Last year, Rotterdam’s status as a city of the future was cemented when Lonely Planet ranked it…

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