The people, organizations, and ideas reshaping the country. A journey piloted by James Fallows with Deborah Fallows.
How a small, Midwestern town has changed over the decades—and where it aims to go
“The arts” might seem a frill or nicety. In Eastport, Maine, they’ve been at the center of economic and civic plans and have helped the little city “punch above its weight.”
Synergy of arts and civic life in a Kansas town
Exiled writers use words as art and inspire a community.
In Chester, Montana, a world away from city life inspires an artist's music.
They’ve long served as communal gathering spots, but these civic institutions are becoming gateways to technological tinkering.
The same kind of ambition you see in political campaigns, races for sports championships, or attempts to score a big IPO—but toward a different end.
"It's a great time to be an artist in Fresno." This is a possibility I had never considered before visiting. And now ...
How a city with century-old "good bones" tries to reinvent itself.
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.
What Larry Groce discovered by launching a national radio program from an out-of-the-way location
The role of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, founded by a wealthy band of visionaries 30 years ago, is central—but hard to replicate.
In the City of Bridges, an eclectic community embraces writers in exile.
Columbus, Ohio, has figured out how to draw creative types to an area it is hoping to revitalize.
by Deborah Fallows
A Maine couple defies the odds -- and helps to build community in the process.