In the immortal words from Liberty Valance, "when the legend becomes fact, print the legend." Herewith the legend and reality of Asheville.
Catching up with changes in major cities, and in the Atlantic's own web site
Aging manuscripts share the building with makerspaces.
Tampa has kept trying to revive its downtown, and has kept failing. Asheville has been wildly successful—but was it even trying at all?
Thinking through the consequences of the proliferation of powerful tools and technologies
"Visitors think, 'That's just how Seattle is.' But it wasn't." Lessons via places ranging from Fresno to Shanghai.
New technologies like 3-D printers and laser cutters have boosted entrepreneurial activity in American communities.
A beleaguered city shows the path toward revival.
An exaggerated version of a college town, it's the perfect setting for an unusually participatory conference.
What it takes to get from the desert to college
How a city with century-old "good bones" tries to reinvent itself.
A small city struggling to come back, a larger one already thriving, and the implications for civic vitality
What does a town do when most of its people lose their jobs nearly overnight? For the people of this small town, the surprising answer places heavy emphasis on the arts.
Why "unapologetic" may be the most important word in a city's recovery plan
A historically oriented performance comes from New York to the Southern site that inspired it.
An annual meeting brings speakers from around the world together with students and local residents, in intimate settings.
Urban revivals require a shared narrative, private-sector partners, and a public official championing a far-sighted plan.
An elementary school of and for the urban community
How would you build a high-tech center in a vast farming zone? You might start by applying tech solutions to farming problems of water use and sustainability in all forms.
Public schools often end up concentrating on students with obvious promise at the very top, and with obvious problems at the bottom. Here is one designed to foster opportunities for everyone else.