James and Deborah Fallows In the Press

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Posted on March 30th, 2020 at 2:07 PM  Fallows mulls effect of COVIS-19 on Erie's prospects

In his March 20, 2020 column, Kevin Cuneo references Jim Fallows' recent post on the effect COVID-19 is having on Erie, particularly downtown. He quotes Jim, "The recovery will depend upon the kind of bottom-up responses and collaborative action that is the hallmark of Erie. In our view, this crisis is too complex and multi-dimensional to be left to policymakers sitting in our remote national capitol. Rather, local networks of public, business, civic, university, and other leaders need to band together now to prepare their communities for what comes next.” 

Read the article here.

Referenced in Tullahoma News

Posted on March 28th, 2020 at 11:35 PM

Tullahoma News  Tullahoma News, Better Together, Even When we are Apart

In her March 28, 2020 editorial, Shelley Smith references Our Towns as the inspiration behind the title of her column. "The Fallows visited countless smaller cities and towns where things were by no means perfect, yet where 'a new America is being built- one that is innovative, compromise-minded, optimistic, and working toward practical solutions to the problems of this age,' ” she reports. Smith is proposing a "Community Collaborative" to bring the counties and cities in the area together to partner on innovative methods to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic stronger and more united.

Read the editorial here.


2020 Politics War Room with James Carville and Al Hunt

Posted on March 27th, 2020 at 9:52 PM

2020 Politics Warm Room with James Carville and Al Hunt   

In their March 26, 2020 podcast, James Carville and Al Hunt talk with Deborah and James Fallows to examine the  pandemic's effect on small towns in America.

Listen to the podcast here.

Referenced in Erie Reader

Posted on March 25th, 2020 at 10:35 PM

Erie Reader  Why Erie's Downtown is a Proxy for the Nation

In a March 25, 2020 article in the Erie ReaderBruce Katz and Ben Speggen reference Our Towns and the Fallowses' reporting on Erie's downtown renaissance. The authors posit that all of Erie's progress over the past decade could be wiped out if appropriate action isn't taken to help small businesses weather the unprecedented storm created by COVID-19.

Read the entire article here.

Referenced in Governing magazine

Posted on March 5th, 2020 at 12:11 PM

Governing  How Much Diversity Does a Modern City Need

In the March 3, 2020 Governing magazine, Alex Marshall, Urban Affairs/Infrastructure columnist referenced James and Deborah Fallows's inclusion of Duluth in Our Towns as among America's prosperous, smaller cities flying under the national radar. 

Read the article here.

Jim Fallows Keynotes Achieving the Dream's Dream 2020 Conference

Posted on February 20th, 2020 at 3:56 PM

Achieving the Dream  Dream 2020 Conference

Jim Fallows keynoted the opening plenary session of Achieving the Dream's Dream 2020 conference on February 18, 2020.  Achieving the Dream's vision, to "lead and support a national network of community colleges to achieve sustainable institutional transformation through sharing knowledge, innovative solutions and effective practices and policies leading to improved outcomes for all students," aligns with the Fallowses' reporting of the impact a strong community college has on a town.

Read more here.

Our Towns Referenced in Muncie Star Press

Posted on February 8th, 2020 at 6:53 PM

Muncie Star Press  Muncie Community Schools Promotes a Hispanic-Friendly Muncie

Seth Slabaugh's February 7, 2020 column in the Muncie, IN Star Press discusses Muncie Community Schools' dual language program and its potential affect on the anti-immigrant movement. He references Our Towns and the Fallowses' 10 1/2 signs of civic success, one of which is "they make themselves open, meaning they're not anti-immigrant; they try to attract and include new people."

Read the article here.

James Fallows Moderates 'Greater Good Gathering' Panels

Posted on February 6th, 2020 at 8:15 PM

Greater Good Gathering  Greater Good Gathering

James Fallows moderated two panel discussions at Columbia University's 3rd Greater Good Gathering. The sessions, titled The Future of Manufacturing and Report from America: The "Hackathons," were part of the two-day conference focused on "Technology, the Economy and the Greater Good."

For the full conference program, click here.

Deborah Fallows to Moderate Capitol Hill Panel on Rural America's Jail Crises

Posted on February 4th, 2020 at 2:26 PM

Vera Institute of Justice Rural Americas Hidden Jail Crises

On Thursday, February 6, 2020, Deborah Fallows will moderate a panel on Capitol Hill titled Rural America's Hidden Jail Crises. Co-sponsored by the Vera Institute of Justice and U.S. Representatives Alma Adams, Joe Kennedy, Terri Sewell, and David Trone, an expert panel will discuss how incarceration and the criminalization of substance use, mental health, and poverty have created a deepening crisis in our nation’s smallest communities.

The free event runs from 12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m. in the Capitol Visitor Center, Congressional Meeting Room-North, (CVC 268).

Register to attend here.

Fallowses Inspire Statewide Contest

Posted on January 27th, 2020 at 9:01 PM

Delaware Community Foundation Our Lens  Delaware Community Foundation Community Photo Challenge

Jim and Deb Fallowses' Our Towns adventures inspired the Delaware Community Foundationthe University of Delaware’s Partnership for Arts and CultureDepartment of Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) and Horn Entrepreneurship in collaboration with Dual School and FourYouth Productions to run a statewide photo contest, challenging high school students to share the pride, spirit, and story of Delaware. The goal of the competition was to teach the students how to use photography as a catalyst for social change.

Read more about the challenge in this article from the University of Delaware's UDaily.