I grew up in an apartment on the 22nd floor of a 44-story high-rise on the north side of Chicago. I took the 156 LaSalle to school, made a model of the John Hancock Tower for my sixth-grade science project, and spent a high school summer working in City Hall. (I knew a guy who knew a guy.) Since then, I've lived in Washington, Boston, New Haven, and San Francisco -- and a few suburbs along the way.
All this is to say that I'm part of the fat target audience of a new Atlantic site that launches today. But you don't have to be a city slicker to appreciate The Atlantic Cities. This is the place for stories on housing, commuting, and public art; for charts, graphs, maps, and rankings; and for conversation and debate among the leading voices on urbanism. The Atlantic Cities is for people who care about the issues and ideas that are changing where and how we live, work, and play.
Two people have been critical to the creation of this site. Atlantic senior editor Richard Florida, one of the most original thinkers around on global cities, is the intellectual anchor. Sommer Mathis, whose tours of journalistic duty include DCist, TBD.com, and Washingtonian, is the editor. You can read their introductions to the site here and here. Working with a talented team of writers, editors, designers, developers, and multimedia hands, Rich and Sommer have created a Web destination for urban wonks and curious consumers alike.
For The Atlantic, the Cities site is part of our growing collection of digital properties. This site, TheAtlantic.com, aims to provide analysis and commentary on the most important issues of the day across seven channels, from politics and business to foreign affairs, technology and entertainment. The Atlantic Wire, launched in 2009, covers news of the day with fast takes on what matters now. And today, The Atlantic Cities begins exploring the challenges and promises of city life. The common mission: to offer real intelligence in a world drowning in information bits, and to foster the smartest conversation on the Web.