The Death and Afterlife of the Mall
The Gem City Moves Forward
How a City Talks About Itself
Sioux Falls in 2019
Sioux Falls is Ready for Tom Hanks
A progress report
'A River, Not A Border': Report from Brownsville
Striving together for good health and well being in a Texas border town.
How Danville Has Avoided Omaha's Mistake
How the bittersweet heritage of old buildings in Danville, Virginia has helped them avoid the mistakes of Omaha..
The Reinvention of a Downtown: Danville's Story Part 2
A snapshot of the efforts paying off in reviving Danville's downtown.
The Reinvention of Danville's Downtown: Part 1
A factory town coming back
Dead Malls, Everywhere
Readers weigh in on malls past their prime
Dead Malls, Reborn Cities
Ideas from the readers
What Happens to Abandoned Malls?
Fort Wayne Makes Its Own Luck
Breadth, density, and boldness of experimentation
A Community Finding a Path Forward
The civic-renewal mix in Angola, Indiana
A report on progress in Eastport.
A Big Step for Little Eastport
A new life for the Seacoast Canning Company
Flying Into the Deep South
All Progress Is Local:
New Year's Notes from Around the Country
And Now for Something Saner and More Positive:
Old City, Old Buildings, New Life
An art museum with a long history reinvents itself with passion and an entrepreneurial spirit.
Dodge City Postcard
Notes from the ground, from the sky, and from the people of Dodge City, Kansas
From Fresno to Duluth to Allentown, with Montana in Between
How America Is Putting Itself Back Together
Most people in the U.S. believe their country is going to hell. But they're wrong. What a three-year journey by single-engine plane reveals about reinvention and renewal.
Why an F-16 Hit a Cessna, and Some More-Upbeat Updates
Sobering news from the NTSB, but encouraging news from Maine to California
The Battle for Downtown, From Canada to the Carolinas
"It is strange, but true." What one reader says about Raleigh, North Carolina, applies many other places as well.
An Incredible Time-Capsule View of One Downtown's Development
Can tearing up a noted artistic zone be a path to civic success? City leaders say yes, while some of their citizens say no.
Cars, Pedestrians, and the Struggle for the Future of Downtowns
Plus: how much is any discussion of "downtown" a coded talk about race?
Fresno to South Bend to Louisville:
The Elusive Elements of Civic Success
Can Cars Save Downtown?
Fresno, California prepares to rip up its landmark pedestrian mall and replace it with a street.
Asheville Just 'Happened' to Develop a Nice Downtown—or Did It
In the immortal words from Liberty Valance, "when the legend becomes fact, print the legend." Herewith the legend and reality of Asheville.
Equal Time for Tampa, and More on Asheville Too
Catching up with changes in major cities, and in the Atlantic's own web site
More on Nice Downtowns: Do They Just Happen? Or Are They Made?
Tampa has kept trying to revive its downtown, and has kept failing. Asheville has been wildly successful—but was it even trying at all?
Nice Downtowns: How Did They Get That Way?
"Visitors think, 'That's just how Seattle is.' But it wasn't." Lessons via places ranging from Fresno to Shanghai.
Downtown Fresno Kicks Off Its Campaign
Why "unapologetic" may be the most important word in a city's recovery plan
Stages of a Downtown Comeback: Fresno Begins the Long Climb
Urban revivals require a shared narrative, private-sector partners, and a public official championing a far-sighted plan.
Wasted Waterfronts: Why Cities Struggle to Build Along Rivers
The story of Allentown, Pennsylvania, as it turns its attention to a long-neglected asset
Breathing Life Into Allentown: Pennsylvania Comes to the Rescue
What does it take to raise a city? More than a village. In fact, it may take a whole state.
A Song of America's Downtowns
A heartening surprise of our travel so far: the breadth, seriousness, and—in some places—success of the effort to revitalize small-town downtowns. Or, what 3 programmers from Uzbekistan taught us about America.
Ice Cream, Chocolate, Coffee, and Beer
Take ingredients and blend, for small-town synergy.
The Question We Keep Running Into: What Turns a Town Around?
Plus, a nationwide golden age of beer.
A City With Its Economic Bones Revealed: The Look of Sioux Falls
What factories, cathedrals, outdoor sculpture displays, and even brewpubs tell us about a town.
Holland, 'Snowmelt,' 'Patient Capital,' and the Revival of Downt
"I have the best location in all of Western Michigan!"