James and Deborah Fallows In the Press

Referenced in Akron Beacon Journal

Posted on August 23rd, 2020 at 4:26 PM

Akron Beacon Journal 

University of Akron Must Decide What It Wants to Be

The Akron Beacon Journal's August 23, 2020 editorial about the University of Akron's strategy for moving forward references Our Towns' reference to the importance of a research university in a town's success. Douglas, the Journal's retired editorial page editor, sees the recent changes on campus pointing to a smaller university largely focused on awarding four-year degrees. He posits this suggests UA putting aside the ambition of serving as a distinctive research institution along with the potential of “biomaterials” as an economic cluster.

The Fallowses have found that research universities especially attract and develop talent that spreads throughout a region, boosting economic activity and the quality of life. So, he concludes, "all of us lose something when the University of Akron diminishes its graduate programs, slashes the ranks of its faculty and sends talent away."

Read the editorial here.


Fallows to be Featured at Original Thinkers 2020

Posted on August 23rd, 2020 at 4:09 PM

Original Thinkers  Original Thinkers A Go Virtually

The Telluride Daily Planet announced James and Deborah Fallows as featured presenters for Original Thinkers's third annual conference scheduled for October 1 - 4, 2020. 

Read the announcemnt here.

More information about the conference here.

Featured in Irish Examiner

Posted on August 23rd, 2020 at 3:49 PM

  11 Signs Cork City May or May Not Succeed  11 Signs Cork City May or May Not Succeed

The Irish Examiner's Michael Moynihan applied James and Deborah Fallows's 11 signs of civic success to Cork in his August 20, 2020 editorial. He ends with the ‘big plans’ sign to show the need for the themes previously mentioned interact in order for a city to succeed.

The article concludes, "maybe Cork should get the Fallowses over to explore the city and draw their conclusions. If their two-seater plane is up to a transatlantic journey."

Read the article here.

Announced as Speakers at Cities Rising Summit

Posted on August 23rd, 2020 at 3:21 PM

Tom Tom Foundation  'Our Towns' Creators Returning Cities Rising Summit

Tom Tom Foundation announced James and Deborah Fallows are returning to the Cities Rising Summit for a session on Tuesday, September 29. The Summit is a six-week long series of virtual events exploring critical issues in communities surfaced by the Covid-19 pandemic and 2020 movement for racial justice. 

Read the announcement from Charlottesville's CBS19 News here.

Learn more about the Cites Rising Summit here.

Referenced in Bloomberg News

Posted on August 14th, 2020 at 11:23 AM

BNN Bloomberg  Suburbs Can Woo City People By Being More City-Like

In his August 14, 2020 column, BNN Bloomberg's Noah Smith discusses America’s changing urban landscape. He posits that in order to be attractive places to live, suburbs will have to look more city-like. 

He references Our Towns, which notes one of the key hallmarks of successful, thriving places is a vibrant downtown. Smith goes on to recommend suburbs offer more than one such area, including one filled with bars and nightlife, another with quieter shopping villages for older residents, and others.

Read the column here.

Referenced in Strong Towns

Posted on August 9th, 2020 at 8:12 PM

Strong TownsWe've Entered the Age of Virtual Talent

In his August 7, 2020 column, Quint Studer discusses six ways communities can start making changes to attract and retain talent in an increasingly virtual working environment. One method he lists is giving newcomers a chance to make a difference in a community soon after their arrival. He references Our Towns discussion of the importance of being open to immigrants. Studer broadens this to include all newcomers.

Read the article here.

Featured in the Irish Examiner

Posted on July 30th, 2020 at 7:37 PM

Irish Examiner 

 Cork Sculpture Walk a win-win for citizens and artists alike

In his July 30, 2020 column in the Irish Examiner,  Michael Moynihan describes the Sculpture Walk in Sioux Falls, South Dakota noted in Our Towns.

He exhorts Cork to create a similar display. "There’s no shortage of public spaces in the city which sculptors could enliven with their work — and no lack of artists, surely, who’d relish the chance to showcase their work for sale," says Moynihan.

Read the article here.

Featured on Original Thinkers

Posted on July 10th, 2020 at 2:49 PM

Original Thinkers  Original Thinkers Presents: James & Deborah Fallows

Original Thinkers featured James and Deborah Fallows on their June 29, 2020 episode of "Original Thinkers Presents," a series of conversations between Original Thinkers's David Holbrook and past and future guests about what they want to see happen globally post-pandemic.

See the episode here.


Featured on CBS This Morning

Posted on June 29th, 2020 at 2:16 PM

CBS This Morning  CBS This Morning, Small towns may have a longer road ahead

CBS This Morning  featured James Fallows in a June 29, 2020 program segment reporting on the effects of the pandemic on small communities. Fallows, while acknowledging smaller towns may have a longer road to recovery, concluded on a positive note. Small towns, he reminded viewers, have been through troubling times before.

See the segment here.


Featured in Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Posted on June 25th, 2020 at 4:47 PM

Adirondack Daily Enterprise  

An Important Look at Small Towns

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise featured a review of Our Towns in its June 25, 2020 publication. In recommending the book to leaders in four communities in the region who are recipients of $10 million grants for the redevelopment of downtowns, the editors see the book as a primer of how "more vibrant communities" have engineered their success.

Read the review here.