James and Deborah Fallows In the Press

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.

Featured on Onward On Air with Jake Soberal

Posted on June 20th, 2020 at 5:38 PM

Onward on Air with Jake Soberal  Waking up in a pandemic: How Communities and Companies are responding in the age of COVID

In his June 18, 2020 episode, Onward on Air host Jake Soberal spoke with James Fallows, along with Michael Tubbs, Mayor of Stockon and Joe Barela, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, about their approach, response and leadership during the current crisis.

Listen to the episode here.

Featured by Chautauqua Institution

Posted on June 2nd, 2020 at 5:04 PM

Chataqua Institute June 3, 2020 Watch Party

James and Deborah Fallows will be featured in the Chautauqua Institution's June 3, 2020 'Watch Party' at 10:45am EST. Originally presented at Chautauqua on July 4, 2018 as a part of the 'American Identity' theme, the lecture features their Our Towns travels and subsequent writing of the book.

Find the Facebook video link for the presentation here.


Referenced in The Washington Post

Posted on June 2nd, 2020 at 2:03 PM

The Washington Post  Why law and order won't make Trump great again

In his June 2, 2020 column in The Washington Post, Daniel W. Drezner references James Fallows's recent article, "Is This the Worst Year in Modern American History?," supporting his opinion that a law-and-order re-election campaign will not work for President Trump.

Read the article here.