After Minor League Hockey, Major League Soccer?

This report by Portfolio.com and bizjournals is two years old, but I'm guessing the numbers, if accurate,  are fairly sticky.  The question: "What North American cities are primed economically to host a major-league sports franchise and which ones are already overextended?" The usual suspects emerge in most cases.  This interactive map displays them nicely.   It's … Continue reading After Minor League Hockey, Major League Soccer?

Cities and Prices (and Hockey), continued.

Friend of the blog Jon Geeting shared my Free Market post from yesterday with some good insights and responses at his blog today.  This is the kind of online discourse I really enjoy: people of good-will engaging each other respectfully across platforms. I encourage you to take part in the conversation at Jon's blog, but … Continue reading Cities and Prices (and Hockey), continued.

The Free Market Works Best When (Or Hockey, Rite Aid, Thai Proverbs and Doubting Government and Business)

I've been thinking a lot about the free market lately.  In part, I'm wondering why Center City Allentown has one good drug store (Rite Aid), and why that one good drugstore is being displaced by the coming AHL hockey arena (I generally support the arena project), and what that drugstore is going to put up … Continue reading The Free Market Works Best When (Or Hockey, Rite Aid, Thai Proverbs and Doubting Government and Business)

This Is Not Recovery: Reading the Economic Indicators of Place

For at least the past five years, most of the new commercial development I've seen with my own two eyes has been the frenzied building of shiny new banks and drug stores. This has everything to do with the credit bubble, aging populations, strengthened lobbies, and thickening anxieties. And of course, we ought to be … Continue reading This Is Not Recovery: Reading the Economic Indicators of Place

The High Cost of Cheap Goods: Going to Hell In a Hand-Held Device

Three Pillars Trading Company is a client of mine. I'm producing blog articles for this fair-trade, sustainable import business, and from time to time, I'll be sharing pieces of them here. My first post at Three Pillars is about the disgusting conditions that factory workers in Shenzhen, China endure while they put together our computers … Continue reading The High Cost of Cheap Goods: Going to Hell In a Hand-Held Device