The people, organizations, and ideas reshaping the country. A journey piloted by James Fallows with Deborah Fallows.
A California library becomes a living legend.
How public swimming pools show you the heart of a town
Kicking off reports from the inland Northwest, plus a happy birthday to James Baldwin
Preserving tradition while expanding offerings for a bigger, broader audience.
Who is to blame when a struggling city runs out of money? A public-safety worker says it’s unfair to point the finger at him and his colleagues. Plus, a young resident of the city discovers reasons to hope.
A charter school in Oregon encourages students to shape their own learning.
When the lumber industry left, the region bet its future on technology—even though it lacked a research university.
The Los Angeles Times has a big, new demonstration of how bad things have gotten in the city of San Bernardino. Here’s a look at people doing their best, despite those odds.
An evening at the ballpark, with Vinnie the Elk and friends
The Bend, Oregon, Elks open their baseball season.
It’s still a bigger, more varied, and more vigorous country than most people would guess.
Teachers and students in a bankrupt California city, determined to make progress
“I don’t just sit around. I don’t sleep much. That’s what I do. I do stuff.” The story of a man determined to do something for his town.
“We’ve gotten used to gridlock and stalemate at the national level. This is what it looks like for a city.” What civic dysfunction has in common with excessive CEO pay, and why it matters.
“It is strange, but true.” What one reader says about Raleigh, North Carolina, applies many other places as well.
San Bernardino, California, is poor, and has a high unemployment rate, and is affected by drought, and is in bankruptcy court. But its real problem is something else.
Can tearing up a noted artistic zone be a path to civic success? City leaders say yes, while some of their citizens say no.
Plus: how much is any discussion of “downtown” a coded talk about race?
Fresno, California prepares to rip up its landmark pedestrian mall and replace it with a street.
The words we use about ourselves reveal surprising truths.