-- The Brookings Institute has just released an ambitious report titled "The State of Metropolitan America." The Urbanophile offers preliminary reactions. Next American City has more.

-- In the archives of City Journal is a piece by Howard Husock, who argues that Jane Jacobs is misunderstood.

-- One of my favorite places in Los Angeles is the Museum of Jurassic Technology. I know it thanks to Lawrence Weschler.

-- Tom Wolfe answers the question, "What if 9/11 never happened?" Answers from others -- see the links at the bottom of the page -- are also worth a look.

-- If you've never given Carl Sanburg's Chicago Poems a look, do. After reading this one, you'll never look at an old war statue the same way.