Inga Saffron

The social history—and private-sector big money—that explains why granite countertops and fire pits are part of today's new dorms.

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Today's forward-looking college campus is home to dorms that boast amenities like flat-screen televitions, state-of-the-art exercise rooms, and tanning salons. At the same moment that the cost of college is increasingly the object of scruitiny, dorms are going upscale. Why is this happening? Here's an explanation. Below, a sampling of some recent developments. 

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Robert Moses Redux

Our new infatuation with old urban titans

Until recently, the titans of 20th century urban planning were remembered as tyrannical bullies. Why that's changing. 

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After the Newspaper Building

Struggling dailies are abandoning their grand old buildings. Why that's not a bad thing.

Struggling dailies are abandoning their grand old buildings. Why that's not a bad thing. 

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The Real Problem with Gentrification

A phenomenon that revived cities can also make them monotonous

Gentrification, which has helped revive so many cities, has a possibly self-defeating side-effect: Leaving monotonous neighborhoods in its wake. 

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