The people, organizations, and ideas reshaping the country. A journey piloted by James Fallows with Deborah Fallows.
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.
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.
Pittsburgh's Mayor Bill Peduto shows what political will and determination can do.
The City of Bridges revives the rivers that helped make it an economic powerhouse.
Ohio State University may be the local titan, but Columbus State Community College has also become a formidable presence.
America and Americans in the active, not passive, mode
Columbus, Ohio, has figured out how to draw creative types to an area it is hoping to revitalize.
Franklinton long has been called "The Bottoms." But not for much longer.
Allentown deals with fiscal problems from its past with a bet about water supplies for its future
"We've got unfunded obligations in the hundreds of millions. What can we leverage?"
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.
It's one thing to draw high-skill, high-wage jobs to a place that has historically lacked opportunities. It's something else altogether to find people qualified to fill them. A local answer to a national question.
"Live every second as if your ASS is on fire," and other words of wisdom.
"When Eurocopter came here, people started walking upright a little bit." Why has this part of Mississippi pulled ahead of some others?
A software company grows in an unlikely setting. "Why here?" we ask the founders.
The role of universities, and our un-loved public efforts.
"I have the best location in all of Western Michigan!"