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.