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,…
Words and stories from the towns where the newest Americans live
For almost a century, the local library has guarded its city's history.
I mentioned yesterday that several local initiatives could mean as much to their communities or states as the outcome of…
The people of Erie, Pennsylvania, have welcomed immigrants and refugees, and believe that their town is better off for having done so.
An art museum with a long history reinvents itself with passion and an entrepreneurial spirit.
During our American Futures tour around the country over the past three years, Jim and I have seen libraries, one…
“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.”
What does it mean to spend years as a Syrian refugee and then land in a brand new life in Erie, Pennsylvania?
Synergy of arts and civic life in a Kansas town
“We’re a port of entry 1,000 miles from the border.”
With the closest hospital 100 miles away, Ajo, Arizona’s Desert Senita Health Center acts as the region’s clinic.
A small town in Arizona grows a thriving food scene.
A big question in national politics this year is what exactly “engagement” means, beyond showing up at rallies. As Yoni…
Quote one, from Michael Cohen’s report for the Boston Globe on the big Trump rally in Long Island. Emphasis added: …
They’ve long served as communal gathering spots, but these civic institutions are becoming gateways to technological tinkering.
Greenville’s public library puts its past and present on full display: mills, racial history, internationalism, public-private collaborations, and culture.
The pull-quote at the beginning of my current cover story says: Many people are discouraged about America. But…
In San Bernardino, one way to help save the city is to save its library.
Most people associate libraries with fustiness, quiet, and a previous era in technology. But across the country, they’re embracing new technology to fill important new civic roles.