Joe Cortright

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Joe Cortright is president and principal economist of Impresa, a consulting firm specializing in regional economic analysis, innovation, and industry clusters. Joe’s work casts a light on the role of knowledge-based industries in shaping regional economies. Prior to starting Impresa, Joe served for 12 years as the Executive Officer of the Oregon Legislature’s Trade and Economic Development Committee. When he’s not crunching data on cities, you’ll usually find him playing petanque, the French cousin of bocce.
(Editor's Note: Portland, Oregon–based City Observatory has been keeping tabs on Louisville's tolling system since it launched. This is the latest in a series by Joe Cortright. For more, view previous installments: "For whom the bridge tolls," 12/28/2016; "Has Louisville figured...
In last week's post on homeownership, we described why homeownership is such a risky financial proposition for low income households, who tend to be disproportionately people of color. From a wealth-building standpoint, lower income households tend to buy homes at...
It’s an article of faith in some quarters—well, most quarters—that in the United States, owning a home ought to be a surefire way to build wealth. Whether it’s presidents, anti-poverty groups, foundations, or realtors, we’re always being told that that...
Here’s a highway success story, as told by the folks who build highways. Several years ago, the Katy Freeway in Houston was a major traffic bottleneck. It was so bad that in 2004 the American Highway Users Alliance (AHUA) called...