Those of us at City Observatory wish you all a Happy New Year.

Its been just three months since we launched in October, and its been a busy period for us.  We’ve released two major reports–Young and Restless and Lost in Place.

We’ve been gratified at the reception that this research has received with media coverage in the New York Times, Bloomberg, the Washington Post, Vox, and Time.

But we’re even more excited about the conversations that are proceeding on both these topics at cities around the country. We’ll continue to follow up on both these topics, giving you updated and in-depth research, and exploring the policy options cities have for tackling these challenges.

We’re just getting started.  We expect 2015 to be an even bigger year.  We’ve got several more research projects in the pipeline, starting with a close look at the health and prospects of city center economies–look for it early in the New Year.

We’ll also continue to regularly comment on current issues in cities, and share with you the latest data-driven insights, both from our work and from around the web, on what’s driving city success.

Finally, as the old year draws to a close, we want to acknowledge the strong support we’ve received from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in establishing City Observatory .

Wishing you all the best in 2015,


Joe, Patty & Dillon

The City Observatory Team


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