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Going Home to Columbus

A generation returns to build lives and a town.

Remaking Columbus's Most Downtrodden Neighborhood

Remaking Columbus's Most Downtrodden Neighborhood

Franklinton long has been called "The Bottoms." But not for much longer.

A Day on the Road: A Story-Map View of Allentown

A Day on the Road: A Story-Map View of Allentown

What you find is usually not quite what you were looking for.

The Iron Pigs Come to Allentown

The Iron Pigs Come to Allentown

Changing the spirit of a town with sports

Water, Water, Everywhere: Lehigh Valley Edition

Water, Water, Everywhere: Lehigh Valley Edition

Allentown deals with fiscal problems from its past with a bet about water supplies for its future

The City That Turned Its Water Into Cash

The City That Turned Its Water Into Cash

"We've got unfunded obligations in the hundreds of millions. What can we leverage?"

First Bowling Alone, Now Vaulting Together

First Bowling Alone, Now Vaulting Together

From Tocqueville onward, observers have thought that informal organizations held America together. Are any of them left?

Vaulting to Great Heights in Allentown

Vaulting to Great Heights in Allentown

How girls from the Lehigh Valley become world-class gymnasts

The 100% Renewable-Powered City: Too Good to be True?

The 100% Renewable-Powered City: Too Good to be True?

Balancing substance and symbolism in the movement toward cleaner energy sources

Greening Up in Burlington, Rocking Out in Allentown

Greening Up in Burlington, Rocking Out in Allentown

As American government seems ever more paralyzed at the national level, cities continue to find ways to grapple with real problems. Two more examples.

Breathing Life Into Allentown: Pennsylvania Comes to the Rescue

Breathing Life Into Allentown: Pennsylvania Comes to the Rescue

What does it take to raise a city? More than a village. In fact, it may take a whole state.

Countdown to Tonight's Arena Debut in Allentown

Countdown to Tonight's Arena Debut in Allentown

Is the city ready for its close-up? The locals say it is.

The Eagles Come to Allentown, and So Does 'American Futures'

The Eagles Come to Allentown, and So Does 'American Futures'

Tomorrow is the first day in an old city's new life—or so the city leaders hope and believe.

California High-Speed Rail No. 11: Thinking in Time

California High-Speed Rail No. 11: Thinking in Time

Everybody talks about the future, but nobody does anything about it.

California High-Speed Rail No. 10: Palate Cleanser

California High-Speed Rail No. 10: Palate Cleanser

"The decision on HSR is going to shape the future in ways we can’t predict, and a touch of modesty in the arguments would be welcome."

California High-Speed Rail No. 9—the Chairman's Turn Again

California High-Speed Rail No. 9—the Chairman's Turn Again

You want to hear more about the biggest infrastructure project being considered anywhere in the country? You've come to the right place.

California High-Speed Rail—More Questions and Concerns

California High-Speed Rail—More Questions and Concerns

"Bad, bad, bad," and other critiques

The Courts Speak Up for California High-Speed Rail
California High-Speed Rail: Some Views From the Valley

California High-Speed Rail: Some Views From the Valley

People in Los Angeles and San Francisco often say that the initial links in a proposed north-south system would be "trains to nowhere." People from nowhere weigh in.

California High-Speed Rail: 10 Readers With 10 Views

California High-Speed Rail: 10 Readers With 10 Views

A solution looking for a problem? A genuine leap forward? The best we can expect from messy political half-measures? Or something truly brave? Take your pick.

7 Ways in Which High-Speed Rail Would Help California, According to Its Chairman

7 Ways in Which High-Speed Rail Would Help California, According to Its Chairman

For your reference, a detailed pro-and-con about the most ambitious current attempt to change America's transportation infrastructure

California High-Speed Rail No. 3: Let's Hear From the Chairman

California High-Speed Rail No. 3: Let's Hear From the Chairman

It's time for broader national attention to the most expensive and ambitious infrastructure proposal in America today.

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