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?


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.


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


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


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


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?


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.