The people, organizations, and ideas reshaping the country. A journey piloted by James Fallows with Deborah Fallows.
We woke up in Demopolis, Alabama, on day two of the final journey of our American Futures series for The…
How a small, Midwestern town has changed over the decades—and where it aims to go
What he could learn from America’s public pools
Notes from the ground, from the sky, and from the people of Dodge City, Kansas
In Chester, Montana, a world away from city life inspires an artist's music.
A California library becomes a living legend.
How public swimming pools show you the heart of a town
The metamorphosis of a Bend, Oregon, motel—from its classic origins, to crack house, to upscale rustic elegance.
The words we use about ourselves reveal surprising truths.
An exaggerated version of a college town, it's the perfect setting for an unusually participatory conference.
"Here we were doing what was a 'strafing run' down the highway and talking to Snake Eye and looking for the craters at the south end of the corridor." Why we made this last leg of the journey by car.
A conference in Washington, a development across the country
The fourth day of a cross-country flight
The third day of a cross-country flight
The second day of a cross-country flight
The first day of a cross-country flight
A new understanding of bravery and independence
Three 21st-century words that are driving the nation's most dynamic municipalities
In Winters, California, a library, a swimming pool, and a school make a big difference in the quality of life.
"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."