Exploring the revitalization of downtowns from Fresno to Shanghai, an Atlantic staffer reviews Blake Lively's new movie "The Age of Adaline," a son writes about his father's unlikely journey from California citizen to Armenian presidential candidate, and more...

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Nice Downtowns: How Did They Get That Way?

"Visitors think, 'That's just how Seattle is.' But it wasn't." Lessons via places ranging from Fresno to Shanghai.

James Fallows

Ageless Beauty

The Age of Adaline is an earnest tale about a woman (Blake Lively) whose mysterious affliction is to stay 29 forever, but the lavish storytelling can't make up for a preposterous premise.

Sophie Gilbert

The Unbelievable Power of Amazon's Cloud

The company's Web Services—which undergird Netflix, Healthcare.gov, and Spotify—might be the single most important piece of technology to the modern tech boom.

Robinson Meyer

Digital Natives, Yet Strangers to the Web

Today's schools are focusing on boosting kids’ technological proficiency and warning them about the perils of the web. But something critical is missing from this education.

Alia Wong

The Many Measures of Hillary Clinton

The former secretary of state has long held progressive economic views—but that's only one aspect of her political identity.

Peter Beinart

Building Better Nursing Homes

After plenty of isolated successes, the question isn't what good nursing homes look like, but how to transform existing facilities into places that look like them.

Alana Semuels

If You Seek Amy

In the third season of the brilliant Inside Amy Schumer, the comedian's presence is indelible, even when she barely appears at all.

David Sims

One Hundred Years of Exile

Two generations after his grandfather fled mass slaughter, California-born Raffi Hovannisian returned to Armenia—and ran for president.

Garin Hovannisian

The Upwardly Mobile Barista

Starbucks and Arizona State University are collaborating to help cafe workers get college degrees. Is this a model for helping more Americans reach the middle class?


Amanda Ripley

Video: What's This Bone Broth People Are Drinking?

Carrying around a coffee cup full of hot meat stock is somehow cool.

James Hamblin, Katherine Wells, and Nicolas Pollock

Photo: The Eruption of Chile's Calbuco Volcano

Chile's Calbuco volcano erupted on Wednesday, spewing a giant funnel of ash high into the sky over a sparsely populated, mountainous area, triggering a red alert.