In the news: Winter 2021

Unlocking the Potential of Baltimore and Other Cities

2/25/21 – Originally published in the HUB. Read the full article here.

“When it comes to launching an economic comeback in cities that have suffered decades of decline, Matthew E. Kahn and Mac McComas describe themselves as cautious optimists.

In their new book, Unlocking the Potential of Post-Industrial Cities (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2021), Kahn and McComas explore why six cities—Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis—have seen a decline in population and an increase in poverty rates over the last 50 years, and ask how the public and private sectors can work together to craft policies and make investments to revitalize their local economies and create safe, green cities where all young people can reach their full potential.” Read the full article here.

Here’s how much it could cost to close Baltimore’s digital divide

2/15/21 – Originally published in Technical.ly Baltimore. Read the full article here.

“John Hopkins University has released a report that estimates how much it will cost to bring high speed internet access to the 40% of Baltimore residents without it…The report estimates that to service these individual households without internet service at an estimated cost per household per month ranging from $20 to $40, the necessary annual subsidy would range from $23 million to $46 million. It would also cost between $3.5 to $7.5 million to provide devices to households without them, and $21.5 million to provide internet to 200 anchor institutions and 7,000 public housing units.” Read the full report here.

Study details economic impact of faster train service in Baltimore

2/5/2021 – Originally published in Transportation Today. Read the full article here.

“A new study from John Hopkins University has found that faster commuter trains between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. could positively impact Baltimore’s economy…the faster trains might spur neighborhood redevelopment and provide Baltimore’s residents with easier access to higher-paying jobs in D.C., the study found. The research outlines how government investment in express services by Maryland Area Regional Commuter trains could benefit nearly 10 million people in the region.” Read the full article here.

Study Details How Faster Train Service Would Boost Baltimore Economy

2/4/2021 – Originally published in Mirage News. Read the full article here.

“Faster commuter trains between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. could have a profound economic impact on Maryland’s largest city by attracting an influx of District residents that could spur more neighborhood redevelopment and by giving Charm City residents easier access to higher paying jobs in the nation’s capital.

new analysis from Johns Hopkins University’s 21st Century Cities Initiative details how government investments in the infrastructure necessary to accommodate express service by MARC (Maryland Area Regional Commuter) trains could benefit the nearly 10 million people who make up the nation’s fourth largest region.” Read the full article here.

Two New Books by Economist Kahn Examine Potential of Cities, Responses to Climate Change

2/3/2021 – Originally published by Johns Hopkins’ Carey Business School. Read the full article here.

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor Matthew Kahn of the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School has authored two new books coming out a month apart in early 2021.

Unlocking the Potential of Post-Industrial Cities examines why some post-industrial U.S. cities such as Baltimore, Detroit, and St. Louis have been locked in socio-economic struggles for the past five decades, while other cities, including New York, Seattle, and San Francisco, have seen significant growth in their economies and populations.

The book aims to guide leaders in both the public and private sectors toward research-based solutions that might help bring greater equality and economic strength to America’s most troubled cities.” Read the full article here.

Johns Hopkins Study Details How Faster Train Service Would Boost Baltimore Economy

2/4/2021 – Originally published in JHU’s HUB. Read the full article here.

“Faster commuter trains between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. could have a profound economic impact on Maryland’s largest city by attracting an influx of District residents that could spur neighborhood redevelopment and by giving Charm City residents easier access to higher paying jobs in the nation’s capital, according to a new analysis from Johns Hopkins University’s 21st Century Cities initiative.” Read the full article here.

New Johns Hopkins Report Lays Out Plan To Lead Baltimore On Path To ‘Digital Equity’

1/25/2021 – Originally published by WJZ TV. Read/watch here.

“Mac McComas is the co-author of a new report released by Johns Hopkins that lays out a plan that would start the city on the path to “digital equity.”

“This recognizes that not everybody has equal access to the Internet and devices that let them connect to the Internet. And because of that, they’re not able to fully participate in society,” McComas said.” Read the full article here.

‘The science is real’: Coastal experts hope Biden will partner to combat sea level rise

1/18/2021 – Originally published in USA Today. Read the full article here.

“…a recent study by the Johns Hopkins University 21st Century Cities Initiative and the American Flood Coalition estimated that investing $1 billion in projects to prevent or manage flooding would create 40,000 jobs.

The study also looked at counties that had received large payouts from the National Flood Insurance Program. If just 10% of the $4 billion spent on flood insurance payments had been put into building stormwater retention areas or other projects that would make buildings, roads and utilities resistant to or safe from future flooding, it would have created 160,000 construction and retail jobs and prevented tens of millions of dollars in losses from flooding.” Read the full article here.

Study: Cedar Rapids’ investment in flood protection fuels local economy

1/11/2021 – Originally published in The Gazette. Read the full article here.

“Such investment in flood protection infrastructure stimulates economies, driving business creation and job growth, according to a new study by Johns Hopkins University’s 21st Century Cities Initiative and the American Flood Coalition.

In this report, released in December, Cedar Rapids serves as a case study of a city that leveraged investment from local, state and federal government agencies to fortify its infrastructure against floodwaters and boost the local economy.” Read the full article here.

New Study Reveals the Revitalizing Impact of Infrastructure Projects for Flood Resilience on Local Economies: $1 Billion = 40,000 Jobs

1/1/2021 – Originally published in Revitalization. Read the full article here.

“A new economic study by Johns Hopkins University, in partnership with the American Flood Coalition, claims that $1 billion in flood resilience investments could create up to 40,000 new jobs in the United States.” Read the full article here.

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