City Observatory

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As of last week, I’ve joined City Observatory as a Senior Fellow. For those of you who don’t know it, City Observatory is a new Knight Foundation-funded urban policy think tank run by Joe Cortright. It’s been around for less than a year, but in that time it’s garnered national media coverage with three major reports and regular contributions to the online conversation about cities and opportunity. They’ve already made a name for themselves as an important and smart part of the urban policy world, and I’m really excited to join as CO grows.

I’ve written a sort of introductory post at City Observatory; if you’re a regular reader here, I don’t think there will be anything surprising in it, but it lays out, from something close to first principles, why I care about all this stuff.

Also: I will still be writing here, but probably somewhat less, and probably (even) more Chicago-centric things, since my stuff at CO will mostly be national in scope. I hope you’ll follow me over to City Observatory not only to read my stuff, but also that of my new colleagues.

And finally: Thanks to everyone who’s been reading me here. Like many of the coolest things I’ve gotten to do over the last year or so, I got my position at City Observatory largely because of this blog, and that’s pretty awesome. Looking forward to more.

Edit: Some people have asked for the RSS feed for City Observatory’s blog, which is here:

5 thoughts on “City Observatory

    1. Good question! I’m sure there’s an RSS for the “City Commentary” blog posts, but I’ll get a url.

  1. Make sure your posts at City Observatory are readable. The colour scheme of their website is negating my motivation to read what they have to say.

      1. Actually works nicely in the reversed colors of my other browser which puts up white on black screen. So merely default ugly, but fixable. More to the point, yes the cities are the water from my vantage point. And on an entirely other topic, any thoughts on the block 37 plan for a data center?

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