The people, organizations, and ideas reshaping the country. A journey piloted by James Fallows with Deborah Fallows.
Since our first visit in the fall of 2013, Deb and I have reported frequently on the grit, vision, resilience,…
As part of the unfolding saga of start-up businesses as the crucial creators of new jobs, and of particular…
“It is strange, but true.” What one reader says about Raleigh, North Carolina, applies many other places as well.
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?
In the immortal words from Liberty Valance, "when the legend becomes fact, print the legend." Herewith the legend and reality of Asheville.
Tampa has kept trying to revive its downtown, and has kept failing. Asheville has been wildly successful—but was it even trying at all?
Urban revivals require a shared narrative, private-sector partners, and a public official championing a far-sighted plan.
The role of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, founded by a wealthy band of visionaries 30 years ago, is central—but hard to replicate.
The City of Bridges revives the rivers that helped make it an economic powerhouse.
A generation returns to build lives and a town.
In next month's election, Jerry Brown is seeking a fourth term as California's governor and public support for his plan for a north-south bullet train to transform travel in a car-dependent state. Here is more of what's at stake.
A soft-power approach to hard economic and social problems
Columbus, Ohio, has figured out how to draw creative types to an area it is hoping to revitalize.
Tales from two cities, plus the secret of the writing life
The story of Allentown, Pennsylvania, as it turns its attention to a long-neglected asset
Franklinton long has been called "The Bottoms." But not for much longer.
What does it take to raise a city? More than a village. In fact, it may take a whole state.
Is the city ready for its close-up? The locals say it is.
Tomorrow is the first day in an old city's new life—or so the city leaders hope and believe.