Aaron M. Renn is The Urbanophile, an opinion-leading urban affairs analyst, entrepreneur, speaker, and writer on a mission to help America’s cities thrive in the 21st century. In the Urbanophile he has created America’s premier destination for serious, in depth, non-partisan, and non-dogmatic analysis and discussion of the issues facing America’s cities and regions in the 21st century.
The Urbanophile site began in 2006, and it has developed into one of America’s top urban policy destinations. Renn’s writings have also appeared in publications such as Forbes, the New York Times, and City Journal. His insights on urban issues are regularly featured in the press (see Awards/Press), including by the New York Times, Time, the Economist, Swiss Public Radio, the London Daily Telegraph, and many more, along with TV and radio. And he’s also shared his insights through in person speaking appearances for organizations and events such as the International Downtown Association, the MAS Summit for New York City, Barcelona’s Smart City World Expo, the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, the Columbus Metropolitan Club, and the Urban Land Institute.
Renn is also the founder and CEO of Telestrian, a data analysis platform that provides powerful data mining and visualization capabilities previously only available in very expensive, difficult to use tools at a fraction of the cost and with far superior ease of use.
The Washington, D.C., region has long been considered recession-proof, thanks to the remorseless expansion of the federal government in good times and bad. Yet it’s only now—as D.C. positively booms while most of the country remains in economic doldrums—that the scale of Washington’s prosperity is becoming clear.