Economy

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  Dan Kildee, leader of the ‘shrinking cities’ movement, on saving distressed cities

Dan Kildee, a leader in the “shrinking cities” movement, talks to Alison Stewart about how to rescue distressed post-industrial cities, and explains why downsizing isn’t always bad.

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  Youngstown, Ohio: the incredible shrinking city

How do the industrial cities of the Rust Belt deal with massive population losses? Youngstown, Ohio, is trying to return the city to its former greatness, albeit on a smaller scale.

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In Youngstown, a house now abandoned was a home

In the city of Youngstown, Ohio, whose landscape is littered with abandoned and decaying houses, it is hard to remember that many of these dilapidated structures were once homes. Here is one story of a house that was once filled with life.

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Study aims to identify financial products for low-income Americans

There are 30 to 40 million low-income Americans who either have no bank account, or who can’t take advantage of traditional banking services. A new study aims to find products that can help them manage their money.

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Jon Meacham: After bin Laden’s death, will Obama seize the opportunity to move forward?

The death of Osama bin Laden gives President Obama a new opportunity to adjust the nation’s agenda and focus on improving national security by investing in America’s economic future, says Jon Meacham.

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  The reckoning: Assessing the economic toll of Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden is dead, but during the 10 years since he masterminded the Sept. 11 attacks, he has cost the United States billions. Need to Know looks at the economic toll bin Laden exacted on the U.S.

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  Louise Story on how the ‘big fish’ of the financial crisis got away

New York Times reporter Louise Story explains why, in the aftermath of the financial crisis that generated hundreds of billions in losses, no high-profile participants in the disaster have been prosecuted.

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  Big fish, little fish: Why the executives behind the financial crisis aren’t facing jail time

New York Times columnist Joe Nocera discusses the case of Charlie Engle, one of the “little fish” who went to jail for lying on a mortgage application, while many of the “biggest fish” responsible for the financial crisis have escaped prosecution.

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  Building the next America: Ed Rendell makes the case for spending on high-speed rail

Republicans and President Obama are at odds again, this time over the administration’s plan to invest in high-speed rail. Ed Rendell makes the case for spending to improve the nation’s infrastructure.

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  In this new era of capitalism, who do we trust? Markets, regulators or both?

In this new economic era, do we trust markets or government regulators? Anatole Kaletsky, author of “Capitalism 4.0,” says we need both.

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  Shrinking cities: Detroit will encourage its residents to move

Detroit’s mayor is attempting to downsize the sprawling city to a more manageable size, using financial and other incentives to get residents to move. Desiree Cooper reports on the divisive plans.

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  Designing the city of the future

A group of budding city planners in Detroit competes against students from more affluent suburbs to design the city of the future. A report from Detroit Public Television.