Archive for the ‘Urban economics’ Category

This visa program is a path to citizenship for the rich   Leave a comment


Summary: Marketplace analyzes the EB-5 visa program which allows wealthy foreign investors to secure American citizenship, only if investors are willing to invest at least a half a million dollars in the United States.

Original Air Date: April 18, 2016

Length: 2 minutes 29 seconds

The midlife economic anxiety crisis   Leave a comment


Summary: According to the Marketplace Economic Anxiety Index, 35-54 year olds are the most worried age group in the U.S. Children’s college tuition and retirement loom over these folks and they also felt the aftershocks of the housing crisis and stock market crash. Marketplace speaks to a couple about their economic concerns and decisions.

Original Air Date: March 18, 2016

Length: 5 minutes and 4 seconds

Does Raising The Minimum Wage Kill Jobs?   Leave a comment

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Summary: Minimum wage is a hot topic in the economic realm. In this podcast the same study is done three times resulting in different outcomes on the pros and cons of raising the minimum wage.

Original Air Date: March 6, 2014

Length: 4 minutes 32 seconds

A Shrinking City Knocks Down Neighborhoods   Leave a comment


Summary: How do you shrink down a city? In the past decade, the people of Youngstown, Ohio have experienced an 18% decrease in their population. Realizing that conventional economic development and city planning are not bringing efficient production, Youngstown has decided that expansion is not part of their agenda.

Original Air Date: March 15, 2011

Length: 4 min

Parking is Hell   3 comments

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Summary: Interview with Professor of Urban Planning, Donald Shoup, author of The High Cost of Free Parking about the hidden price of ‘free’ parking. Includes consideration of the use / abuse of handicapped placards and the percentage of urban land taken up by parking areas.

Length: 37:09

Original air date: March 13, 2013

Why Cities Rock   Leave a comment

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Summary: Edward Glaeser, professor of Economics at Harvad University and author of the book Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier explains the importance of urban cities and the positive effects they produce for our overall wellbeing.

Original Air Date: February 18, 2011

Length: 17 min

Four In One   2 comments


Summary: NPR visit Manhattan New York, Brooklyn New York, Germany and the moon in this four-story podcast to consider:  the effect of taxis on the infrastructure of a city; the craftsmanship of a bespoke tailor; the complicated aspects of the employment sector in the European Union; and the clever life insurance strategies of the Apollo 11 crew before their launch to the moon.

Original air date: September 11, 2012

Length: 22:21 min