Essays

Many cities launched revival efforts with downtown festival marketplaces such as Boston’s Faneuil Hall. Can retailers work the same magic in less affluent neighborhoods?

Sixty-five years ago, the federal school lunch program was created to make American schoolchildren healthier. Today, it’s helping to make them fatter. Will a new law change the diets of millions of kids raised on French fries and chicken nuggets?

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Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez has set alarms ringing with his efforts to create a global anti-American coalition.

The study of ancient Greek and Latin long ago vanished from most American classrooms, and with it has gone a special understanding of the values and virtues prized by Western civilization.

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New York City’s garment district illustrates that manufacturing can still be vital to the innovation that cities foster.

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Americans like their cities spacious. Will concerns
about costs and the environment push them to rein
in sprawl?

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How can you be called an urban pioneer when you move to an inner-city neighborhood where families have lived for generations?

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In embracing a victims-and-villains explanation of the recession, Americans are missing important lessons about the future of the U.S. economy.

It is the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation and a highly successful democracy. How did Indonesia do it?

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Trees brighten city streets and delight nature-starved urbanites. Now scientists are learning that they also play a crucial role in the green infrastructure of America’s cities.

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