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Matt Carmichael

Matt Carmichael is the editor of and author of Buyographics. He's a seasoned journalist who specializes in population trends and urban issues. Previously he was with Crain Communications where he served in a number of roles including the Senior director of research and data at Crain’s Chicago Business and Director of data strategy at Advertising Age. At Ad Age, he founded and edited the AdAgeStat blog focusing on research and analysis of demographic and consumer trends. He has been awarded top honors in journalism competitions for content, design and innovative uses of technology. His research has been cited by global media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic and the Guardian (U.K.). He is a Gen-X, white, non-Hispanic, Midwestern male who heads a household of five in Chicago.

Putting the “Class” in “Creative Class”

One question Livability often gets is: How can I get my city on your Best Places to Live list? We’ve given some suggestions from time to time, but say you want to put some ideas into practice and you don’t know where to start. I now have a really good answer for you: Take these […]

What We Can (And Can’t) Learn From Pharell About Creating Happy Cites

I recently attended the “Doable Cities Forum” in Chicago. One of the speakers was Charles Montgomery, author of The Happy City. The book is a great guide to the research and practice of creating cities that are not only livable, but will also improve the lives of people who live there by allowing them the freedom […]

Why Gen X is to Thank for the Urban Baby Boom

  Cities are having a baby boom, according to Trulia’s Jed Kolko’s analysis of recent Census data. Some seem surprised by this. Some are quick to say it represents a huge shift in behavior. Imagine, cities with children in them! Sure, it’s a big deal. But it’s also not surprising and not necessarily going to […]

The Growing Role of Livability in City Conversations

It’s a great time to care about cities because it seems as if cities are caring more and more about themselves. By that I mean that livability (small ‘l’) is entering into conversations in cities of all sizes. Here are some quick examples. I was invited to give a talk to the Downtown Committee in […]

The Have and Have-Nots of Walkable Urbanism

Throughout U.S. history, we have had divides. Initially we had a lot of land to conquer, and we drew a line between settled and frontier. That gave way to urban versus rural. As we moved from an agrarian society to a mechanized one, the urban versus suburban divide became the key differentiator and has remained […]

Why Do People Move? Here Are the Top Reasons for Relocation

I just became a statistic. Between 2012 and 2013, about 36 million Americans moved to a new home. That’s about one in every 8.5 people. Last week I joined the ranks of the relocators and uprooted my family from a slightly suburban existence in a big city to a slightly urban existence in a suburb. You […]

How We Chose Our New Best Place to Live

Recently, I asked my 5-year-old what she liked best about living where we live. We were going to be moving soon, and I wanted to start prepping her for the new home and new neighborhood. I also wanted to introduce her to some concepts of livability. We are moving to a place we feel is […]

How We Sold Our Home and Paid No Commission

This is a post about networks. And about how one big industry is due for a big disruption. It’s a post about how I sold my house and paid zero dollars in commission. But first, we have to back up. It was late in 2012, and we reached out to a realtor to see about […]