Today, what matters is the essential feel of a place, its culture, the experience, the mix of people, the nightlife and the lifestyle.

Yesterday, the innovative US urban economist Richard Florida gave a talk in Cork about the future of cities. Florida has been at the vanguard of new(...)

Market House, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan. Photograph: Magnaparte

Drive through almost any Irish country town and you will see abandoned shops, empty houses and discover a general air of slow decline. You will also f(...)

Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon.com: has a personal net worth of approximately $127 billion, the collective value of 2.3 million Americans.  Photograph: Mike Kane/Bloomberg

In January, Amazon announced its “finalist” list of North American 20 cities – out of an original 238 applicants – that remain in the running to becom(...)

Amazon has said it will announce a decision on its new campus next year. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Amazon. com is receiving offers of billions of dollars in tax breaks and other subsidies from cities and states across North America that are particip(...)

The trade-offs of gentrification are complex. Run-down areas, in which vitality declined only to be further weakened by official neglect, see fresh energy and  expanded infrastructure. But former residents often can no longer afford to live there.

Technology companies and the high-end employment they bring are generally seen as a desirable and welcome addition to any city or region. But are they(...)

We should seek to guarantee free undergraduate provision to all students who seek it within the walls of institutes of technology, says Prof Tom Collins.

Recent political events in the UK, US and France call attention to the risks of the neglect of higher education. In the case of the Brexit vote, for (...)