Mythical City: Rome In Our Imagination
Ancient Rome in reality: flimsy apartments, streets strewn with human excrement, garbage, and the occasional corpse.
New Life for Old Cities
Across America, small and midsize cities, particularly those that traditionally have relied on manufacturing, are struggling to forge new identities in a globalized world gripped by recession.
New to the Neighborhood
How can you be an urban pioneer when you move to an inner-city neighborhood where families have lived for generations?
Long Live the Industrial City
New York City's garment district illustrates that manufacturing can still be vital to the innovation that cities foster.
Stores and the City
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?
Secondhand Stories in a Rusting Steel City
“Take what’s in front of you, not what it was or could be. And do what you can with it.”
The Dawn of Market Urbanism
A better approach to shaping the places in which we live has emerged just as Americans responding to the rising cost of energy begin to crowd into older suburbs and cities.
The Irish in Paris
For centuries, the passionate and sometimes persecuted Irish have felt a peculiar sympathy with Europe’s self-anointed capital of sophistication.
A Pox Upon Brooklyn?
A critic has uncovered a warm, fuzzy strain infecting modern literature. It seems centered in Brooklyn.
The Melting Pot of Queens
Mimi Schwartz reviews a new guide to Queens, the largest of the city’s five boroughs and the second most populous (after Brooklyn). The book's author calls it “the most heterogeneous place in the world.”
Love/Hate: New York, Race, and 1989
Three events defined 1989 in NYC: the Central Park jogger attack, the murder of Yusef Hawkins, and the election of the city's first (and only) black mayor.
The City's Limits
It's time for the American environmental movement to rethink its hostility toward cities.