The Metro Trends section of the Urban Institute's site contains up-to-date information on metropolitan economies, complete with interactive maps, expert commentaries, and datasets. One of the highlights here is their well-crafted blog, which offers short and pensive observations from their various affiliates, associates, and policy analysts. Recent posts include thoughtful meditations on the racial wealth gap, evidence-based policy, and the prospects for Detroit's fiscal future. Each post contains links to additional resources, reports, websites, and other germane materials. Also, visitors can leave their own observations and share each post using a range of social media tools.