Heartland Intelligence

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A monthly research briefing with cultural and economic insights and analysis on the American Heartland published by Aaron Renn (aaron@aaronrenn.com)
Created 07 Jan 2020
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  • The Weakness of the Executive Headquarters
    11 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    Back in 2008 was I one of the first people to start talking about how corporate headquarters were moving back to the global city in the form of the “executive headquarters.” An executive headquarters ...
  • The Poor Side of Town
    30 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    The city of Indianapolis is building a new jail and criminal justice center on the southeast side of the city. This means many of the current users of the City-County Building, namely the courts, will...
  • Vermont and the Contradictions of Place
    23 Sep 2021 • 1 min read
    My latest column is online at Governing and is about Vermont and the contradictions of place. Pretty much the entire Great Plaines, Midwest, and Northeast looks bad on population and economic metrics....
  • Heartland Intelligence Premium Edition: Cities Had Better Deliver on Their Promises on Race
    16 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    Welcome back to the Heartland Intelligence monthly news roundup. In follow-up to my discussion of the Census last month, here’s a piece from John Judis (who is on the left and wrote the book The Emerg...
  • Thoughts on Social Class and American Leadership
    13 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    On September 27th at 1pm ET I’ll be participating in an event at the American Enterprise Institute about my former colleague Howard Husock’s new book The Poor Side of Town: And Why We Need It. As you ...
  • The Unpopularity of Rule by Emergency Decree
    08 Sep 2021 • 2 min read
    This post is from the free edition of Heartland Intelligence. Please subscribe for our exclusive, premium monthly research report and other updates. Subscribe now As the coronavirus pandemic hit in ea...
  • Old Infrastructure, New Infrastructure
    31 Aug 2021 • 1 min read
    My latest column is now online at Governing and is about how our infrastructure problem is in large part age related. It hits on themes I’ve talked about before, but since little ever changes in the A...
  • Heartland Intelligence Premium Edition: Misleading Headlines on White Population Decline (2021.8P)
    16 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read
    You may recall my retrospective on the old WASP (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant) establishment. Samuel Goldman recently looked at that same group, arguing that the WASPs won by losing. Dan Breznitz’s re...
  • The Magic of Microclusters
    04 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read
    This article is from the premium subscriber only edition of Heartland Intelligence. I’ve written several times in the past about “microclusters,” or niche industries or segments were cities can get a ...
  • Paying People to Move to Your City Is a Bust
    29 Jul 2021 • 2 min read
    Daniel Block in the Atlantic has a piece examining the impact of subsidy programs designed to lure residents to cities, particularly in an age of remote work. A number of cities, and even the state of...
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