American Futures -- The Atlantic

The Long Stretch Home

The fourth day of a cross-country flight

California Dreamin': How Collaboration Builds Small-Town Communities

California Dreamin': How Collaboration Builds Small-Town Communities

In Winters, California, a library, a swimming pool, and a school make a big difference in the quality of life.

The iPhone Case That Can Call the Police

The iPhone Case That Can Call the Police

A startup in Pittsburgh has designed a smartphone case and app to deter assault and help catch the attackers.

The Company That Turns Plastic Bottles Into Fabric—and Jobs

The Company That Turns Plastic Bottles Into Fabric—and Jobs

A startup in Pittsburgh shows what a social enterprise is capable of.

What a Library Levy Means to a West Virginia Town

What a Library Levy Means to a West Virginia Town

Charleston votes to save a community pillar.

How to Sign Up for Our 'American Futures' Newsletter

How to Sign Up for Our 'American Futures' Newsletter

"At the national level, American politics is bitterly polarized, and the mood of the country can seem fearful and downcast. But city by city we’ve seen examples of collaboration, practical-minded compromise, long-term investment in a region’s future, and a coast-to-coast resurgence in manufacturing and other startup activity."

The Hard Road to Making Hard Liquor

The Hard Road to Making Hard Liquor

A look at a nascent distillery in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley

Pittsburgh's City of Asylum

Pittsburgh's City of Asylum

In the City of Bridges, an eclectic community embraces writers in exile.

When a Community College Transforms a City

When a Community College Transforms a City

Ohio State University may be the local titan, but Columbus State Community College has also become a formidable presence.

The Flying Housewife

The Flying Housewife

50 years ago, Jerrie Mock became the first woman to fly solo around the world.

Hip in the Heartland

Hip in the Heartland

It's not just Brooklyn and the Bay Area any more

Today's Mid-Air Collision Outside Washington

Today's Mid-Air Collision Outside Washington

"This reminds us how vulnerable we all are." Lessons from a tragedy

Why You Shouldn't Get Your Hopes Up for the Self-Driving Car (California High-Speed Rail No. 14)

Why You Shouldn't Get Your Hopes Up for the Self-Driving Car (California High-Speed Rail No. 14)

"Would you prefer a system where you can be instantly teleported from SF to LA? Of course. But that doesn't mean it's going to happen."

Going Home to Columbus

Going Home to Columbus

A generation returns to build lives and a town.

Making Mead in a Space-Age World

Making Mead in a Space-Age World

A new craft-beverage business in Allentown, Pennsylvania, benefits from its association with an incubator of high-tech businesses.

In Which I Am Recruited to Switch Political Teams

In Which I Am Recruited to Switch Political Teams

"What you are discovering on your road trip is the genius of conservatism."

California High-Speed Rail Lucky No. 13: Let's Look at Maglev and Other Alternatives

California High-Speed Rail Lucky No. 13: Let's Look at Maglev and Other Alternatives

"Should we invest in infrastructure? Absolutely! But the right kind of infrastructure." Some ideas on what that might mean.

National Problems, Local Solutions: More Reports From Ohio

National Problems, Local Solutions: More Reports From Ohio

America and Americans in the active, not passive, mode

When 'Collaboration' Is More Than a Buzzword

When 'Collaboration' Is More Than a Buzzword

The story of a business partnership that stands to boost the economy of Columbus, Ohio, and the surrounding region

A Creative Way to Educate Low-Income Students

A Creative Way to Educate Low-Income Students

In Columbus, Ohio, an innovative school has patched together state funds, work study, and grants to give at-risk kids a high-quality education.

What the Beer Industry and the Computer Industry Have in Common

What the Beer Industry and the Computer Industry Have in Common

They grew up in the same era and, despite some obvious differences, have some surprising parallels.

Pennsylvania's Beer Economy

Pennsylvania's Beer Economy

Brewers have been perfecting their recipes in this part of the country since the middle of the 19th century.

The Biggest Story in Photos

Photos of the Week: 12/13-12/19

Why We Tend to Show Our Left Side in Pictures
Watch More Video

On Newsstands Now

Subscribe and SAVE 65%
10 issues JUST $2.45/COPY

The Atlantic Monthly

The real roots of midlife crisis, the curious case of Jesus's wife, when schools are too strict, the coming fall of Facebook, the new science of hit songs, and more

Newsletters

Sign up to receive our free newsletters

(sample)

(sample)

(sample)

(sample)

(sample)

(sample)