The Gem City Moves Forward
Rebuilding After Incarceration
The Surprising Rural Health-Care Legacy of the '60s
Eastport Grapples with Health-Care
The Rituals of 'Becoming America'
Can 'civic religion' help America become a better, freer, fairer, finer version of itself?
A Public Library Brings Opportunity to the Blind
The Heiskell Library in NYC provides both unique and also ordinary library services to its clientele.
National Policies Have Local Effects
Changes — in trade policies, and for refugees — are making the United States more closed, rather than more open
Dead Malls, Everywhere
Readers weigh in on malls past their prime
Dead Malls, Reborn Cities
Ideas from the readers
What Happens to Abandoned Malls?
'Unknown Outside Indiana'
An Unusual Way to Bridge the Town-Gown Divide
What We Saw in Muncie
How a university is helping a town move forward
Why Not Dodge? Why Not Stockton?
Notes From the Rest of the Country:
'Now That I've Got a Look at This Place, It's Not So Bad!'
What's (Less) the Matter With Kansas
A Different Kind of 'Trump Nation' Report
A Note About Trumpism, From the 'Real America'
The Maker Movement:
If Hamilton Were Around, He Would Be a Fan
Awards for Civic Engagement:
37 New Examples
The San Bernardino Story: Fire Fighters Weigh In
Who is to blame when a struggling city runs out of money? A public-safety worker says it's unfair to point the finger at him and his colleagues. Plus, a young resident of the city discovers reasons to hope.
Today a Bankrupt City Votes on Its Next Steps
"We've gotten used to gridlock and stalemate at the national level. This is what it looks like for a city." What civic dysfunction has in common with excessive CEO pay, and why it matters.
What It's Like When Your City Goes Broke
San Bernardino, California, is poor, and has a high unemployment rate, and is affected by drought, and is in bankruptcy court. But its real problem is something else.
Talking With Dan Richard About High-Speed Rail
The chairman of California's costly and controversial infrastructure project explains why (in his view) it actually will get built—and whether its champion, 77-year-old Governor Jerry Brown, is likely to be able to take a ride.
California High-Speed Rail: A Minor End, an Important Beginning
Who should get the benefit of the doubt when we consider the unknowable future?
That Winning Bid for California's High-Speed Rail:
Is It Suspiciously Low?
California High-Speed Rail: It's Happening
Three weeks from now, a groundbreaking ceremony on the most important infrastructure project now underway in the United States
On the Politics of American Resilience
One reader urges me to embrace my inner conservative. Other readers say: Not so fast!
No. 14: Why You Shouldn't Get Your Hopes Up for a Self-Driving C
"Would you prefer a system where you can be instantly teleported from SF to LA? Of course. But that doesn't mean it's going to happen."
In Which I Am Recruited to Switch Political Teams
"What you are discovering on your road trip is the genius of conservatism."
California High-Speed Rail Lucky No. 13:
Let's Look at Maglev and Other Alternatives. "Should we invest in infrastructure? Absolutely! But the right kind of infrastructure." Some ideas on what that might mean.
No. 12: All Aboard for the California High-Speed Rail Chronicles
In next month's election, Jerry Brown is seeking a fourth term as California's governor and public support for his plan for a north-south bullet train to transform travel in a car-dependent state. Here is more of what's at stake.
Water, Water, Everywhere: Lehigh Valley Edition
Allentown deals with fiscal problems from its past with a bet about water supplies for its future
The City That Turned Its Water Into Cash
"We've got unfunded obligations in the hundreds of millions. What can we leverage?"
California High-Speed Rail No. 11: Thinking in Time
Everybody talks about the future, but nobody does anything about it.
California High-Speed Rail No. 10: Palate Cleanser
"The decision on HSR is going to shape the future in ways we can't predict, and a touch of modesty in the arguments would be welcome."
California High-Speed Rail No. 9—the Chairman's Turn Again
You want to hear more about the biggest infrastructure project being considered anywhere in the country? You've come to the right place.
California High-Speed Rail No. 8—More Questions and Concerns
"Bad, bad, bad," and other critiques
The Courts Speak Up for California High-Speed Rail (No. 7)
And so do some readers.
California High-Speed Rail No. 6: Some Views From the Valley
People in Los Angeles and San Francisco often say that the initial links in a proposed north-south system would be "trains to nowhere." People from nowhere weigh in.
California High-Speed Rail No. 5: 10 Readers With 10 Views
A solution looking for a problem? A genuine leap forward? The best we can expect from messy political half-measures? Or something truly brave? Take your pick.
California High-Speed Rail No. 4: 7 Ways in Which High-Speed Rai
For your reference, the chairman's detailed pro-and-con about the most ambitious current attempt to change America's transportation infrastructure
California High-Speed Rail No. 3: Let's Hear From the Chairman
It's time for broader national attention to the most expensive and ambitious infrastructure proposal in America today.
California High-Speed Rail No. 2 — The Critics' Case
Every big infrastructure project is controversial. Most of them work out better than critics contend early on. But maybe the critics are right about high-speed rail. Let's hear what they say.
The California High-Speed Rail Debate—Kicking Things Off
The Erie Canal. The transcontinental railroad. The Interstate Highway system. Big, expensive, controversial—and indispensable. Is the next one in this series a new rail network in our most famously freeway-centric state?
Smaller Towns as Talent Magnets: The Chance to Make Things Work
"The kind of people who might have gone to NASA in the 1960s, Wall Street in the 1980s, or Silicon Valley in the late 1990s are now, I think, more likely than ever to work in municipal government." So says a well-educated young small-town mayor.
The Modern Orphans of Mississippi
"Actually, the children live very well."
The Vermont Lake Monsters, and Other Updates From the Road
Are people in smaller towns "nicer" than cosmopolitans? No. But their political structures are working better.
A City's Turning Points
The steps toward success, or failure, and why our understanding of them matters.
The Surprising News From One Small Town About Immigration Reform
In a place as unlike Miami, New York, or L.A. as you can imagine, America's unsettled immigration policy has a profound effect.
Notes From the Road: Drought, Politics
Politics as sport spills over into real life.