What's a Citistates Report?

What's a Citistates Report?

Syndicated columnist Neal Peirce and colleague Curtis Johnson give “outsider” views on U.S. urban regions. They have done some two dozen Citistates Reports. This is their first report to revisit an urban region.

In 1995, their “Peirce Report” ran in The Charlotte Observer and five other newspapers in this region. To read it:

What's a “citistate?”

“Citistate” is a term Peirce and Johnson coined to describe how metro regions operate economically. A citistate is not defined by political boundaries. It's what the economy does – a labor market, a commute-shed, the circulation area of the lead newspaper.

Who did this report?

Peirce, Johnson and colleagues Alex Marshall and Farley Peters interviewed almost 200 people throughout the 14-county Charlotte region last spring.

Peirce is an author and syndicated columnist. His books include “Citistates,” and “Century of the City: No Time To Lose.”

Johnson is a writer, former board chair of the Metropolitan Council of Minneapolis-St. Paul, former chief of staff to a Minnesota governor and former college president. He's co-author of “Disrupting Class,” “Citistates” and “Century of the City.”

Marshall, who helped with the 1995 Peirce Report on Charlotte, is a New York-based writer on planning, architecture and transportation. His books include: “How Cities Work” and “Beneath the Metropolis.”

Peters is a public policy specialist who manages the Citistates Group.

Who sponsored the report?

The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute sponsored the report, with a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Knight Foundation is a national foundation that aims to improve the quality of life in Charlotte and 25 other U.S. communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Assistance was provided by the Lee Institute, the Centralina Council of Governments and the Catawba Regional Council of Governments.

Who's publishing the report?

As in 1995, news outlets throughout the 14-county region will publish the Citistates Report. They are: The Herald of Rock Hill, The Charlotte Post, Gaston Gazette, Independent Tribune (Concord and Kannapolis), Lake Norman Times, Mi Gente, News at Norman, Salisbury Post, Shelby Star and magazines Business North Carolina, Charlotte Magazine and Greater Charlotte Biz.

Mary Newsom