Summer 2015: Economic Competitiveness

As the U.S. continues to recover from the 2007-2009 recession, it is becoming clear that most of today's job creation is happening in major metropolitan areas, especially in their central cities. As start-ups, entrepreneurs, and young talent gravitate toward walkable urban areas, many communities are trying to stay competitive by implementing safe bicycle routes, public transportation, and pedestrian-focused neighborhoods with street vitality.

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In This Issue

As the U.S. recovers from the recession, city centers are seeing that smart growth, like walkability and access to transit, is linked to job growth.

Light industrial/retail, mixed-use buildings called “maker spaces” are bringing jobs and vitality to neighborhoods around the country.

THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® honors seven local REALTOR® associations with NAR Community Outreach Awards.

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A free, semi-annual magazine published by NAR, On Common Ground presents a wide range of views on smart growth issues, with the goal of encouraging dialog among REALTORS®, elected officials, and other interested citizens.

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