For the past three years, the Brookings Institution has put out an annual Global MetroMonitor report ranking the economic performance of the 300 largest metros in the world relative to each other, to their own countries, and to their past hey days prior to the recession. The latest edition, published today, captures both positive and depressing news for U.S. metros. The positive: Some of them are finally recovering from the recession (this couldn't be said about a single one of America’s 76 largest metros at this time last year).
The depressing? There are just three of them: Dallas, Knoxville and Pittsburgh.