The City Bounces Back

Spring 2011

The City Bounces Back

The City Bounces Back Cover Image

For decades, the news from cities was all bad. But today, cities are on the rebound. They are seen as idea labs, exciting places to live, and a shopping alternative to suburban malls, with challenges that linger but do not overwhelm the future.

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Table of Contents

In Essence

THE SOURCE: “Imperial by Design” by John J. Mearsheimer, in The National Interest, Jan.–Feb. 2011.

THE SOURCE: “Coping with a Conflicted China” by David Shambaugh, in The Washington Quarterly, Winter 2011.

THE SOURCE: “Creating Shared Value” by Michael E. Porter and Mark R. Kramer, in Harvard Business Review, Jan.–Feb. 2011.

THE SOURCE: “The Euro’s Never-Ending Crisis” by Barry Eichengreen, in Current History, March 2011.

THE SOURCE: “Was There Really a Hawthorne Effect at the Hawthorne Plant? An Analysis of the Original Illumination Experiments” by Steven D. Levitt and John A. List, in American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Jan. 2011.

THE SOURCE: “In Front of the Burgundy Curtain: The Top Ten Lessons I’ve Learned About Advocacy Before the Nation’s Highest Court” by Lisa S. Blatt, in Green Bag, Autumn 2010.

THE SOURCE: “Gendered Perceptions and Political Candidacies: A Central Barrier to Women’s Equality in Electoral Politics” by Richard L. Fox and Jennifer L. Lawless, in American Journal of Political Science, Jan. 2011.

THE SOURCE: “Strange Bedfellows: War and Minority Rights” by Robert P. Saldin, in World Affairs, March–April 2011.

THE SOURCE: “The Drinking Game” by Marshall Poe, in Policy Review, Oct.–Nov. 2010.

THE SOURCE: “How Good Is It?” by Diarmaid MacCulloch, in London Review of Books, Feb. 3, 2011.

THE SOURCE: “Religion, Social Networks, and Life Satisfaction” by Chaeyoon Lim and Robert D. Putnam, in American Sociological Review, Dec. 2010.

THE SOURCE: “Caravaggiomania” by Richard E. Spear, in Art in America,Dec. 2010.

THE SOURCES: “The Afterlife of David Foster Wallace” by Jennifer Howard, in The Chronicle Review, Jan. 6, 2011, and “Our Psychic Living Room” by Rebekah Frumkin, in The Common Review, Fall–Winter 2010–2011.

THE SOURCE: “Age and Great Invention” by Benjamin F. Jones, in The Review of Economics and Statistics, Feb. 2010.

THE SOURCE: “On Early Warning Signs” by George Sugihara, in Seed Magazine, Dec. 20, 2010.

THE SOURCE: “Refuting a Myth About Human Origins” by John J. Shea, in American Scientist, March–April 2011.

THE SOURCE: “The Officer Crisis in the Indian Military” by Dinesh Kumar, in South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, Dec. 2010.

THE SOURCE: “Lesson From Canada’s Universal Care: Socially Disadvantaged Patients Use More Health Services, Still Have Poorer Health” by David A. Alter, Therese Stukel, Alice Chong, and David Henry, in Health Affairs, Feb. 2011.

THE SOURCE: “Religious Resurgence in Contemporary Asia: Southeast Asian Perspectives on Capitalism, the State, and the New Piety” by Robert W. Hefner, in The Journal of Asian Studies, Nov. 2010.

THE SOURCE: “When Democratization Radicalizes: The Kurdish Nationalist Movement in Turkey” by Günes Murat Tezcür, in Journal of Peace Research, Nov. 2010.

Book Reviews

Port of Memories  Image

ODESSA:
Genius and Death in a City of Dreams.
By Charles King.
W. W. Norton. 336 pp. $27.95

America’s Losers  Image

TORIES:
Fighting for the King in America’s First Civil War.
By Thomas B. Allen.
Harper. 468 pp. $26.99

LIBERTY’S EXILES:
American Loyalists in the Revolutionary War.
By Maya Jasanoff.
Knopf. 460 pp. $30

Security at What Price?  Image

THE RIGHTS OF THE PEOPLE:
How Our Search for Safety Invades Our Liberties.
By David K. Shipler.
Knopf. 363 pp. $27.95

Bad Educations  Image

ACADEMICALLY ADRIFT:
Limited Learning on College Campuses.
By Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa.
Univ. of Chicago Press. 259 pp. $25

So Goes the Nation  Image

THE SOUTH AND AMERICA SINCE WORLD WAR II.
By James C. Cobb.
Oxford Univ. Press. 374 pp. $24.95

BOURGEOIS DIGNITY:
Why Economics Can’t Explain the Modern World.
By Deirdre McCloskey.
Univ. of Chicago Press. 571 pp. $35

Who Are You?  Image

QUIRK:
Brain Science Makes Sense of Your Peculiar Personality.
By Hannah Holmes.
Random House. 262 pp. $26

Reasoning Against Reason  Image

THE SOCIAL ANIMAL:
The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement.
By David Brooks.
Random House. 424 pp. $27

Words at Play  Image

THE USE AND ABUSE OF LITERATURE.
By Marjorie Garber.
Pantheon. 320 pp. $28.95

A Life Set to Music  Image

MUSIC FOR SILENCED VOICES:
Shostakovich and His Fifteen Quartets.
By Wendy Lesser.
Yale Univ. Press. 350 pp. $28

HELVETICA AND THE NEW YORK SUBWAY SYSTEM:
The True (Maybe) Story.
By Paul Shaw.
MIT Press. 131 pp. $39.95

Do You Want to Live Forever?  Image

THE IMMORTALIZATION COMMISSION:
Science and the Strange Quest to Cheat Death.
By John Gray.
Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 273 pp. $24

Essays

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?

Kristen Hinman

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

Joshua Kucera

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.

Daniel Walker Howe

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

Tom Vanderbilt

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

Witold Rybczynski

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

Sarah L. Courteau

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?

David Zipper