Alongside good quiche, cool bars, and the locals’ finicky habit of rolling their own cigarettes, add to the German capital’s reputation this: It is a refuge for prominent members of the pro-transparency community best embodied by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
Washington, D.C.’s infamous height limit for buildings has returned to the news of late, with the D.C. Office of Planning recommending that current restrictions—which essentially make a 13-story building about as high as you can go—be loosened around D.C.’s core and eliminated altogether elsewhere, with further zoning left to the discretion of the District’s government.
For the first time in nearly 40 years, New York City will be home to the country's tallest building. At a symbolic 1,776 feet, One World Trade Center will surpass Chicago's Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) as America's tallest building when it's completed next year.
From 1993: America's Changing Urban Politics
Big cities are turning against Bloomberg-style mayors. This 1993 TNR piece explains why we first turned to them.
And other things you can't say about small towns
Small-towners are allowed to dis big cities, but not vice versa. The Maryville rape case should change that.
According to the New York Times, the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority is considering, in the future, replacing the current subway trains with ones featuring "articulated train cars." These are in fact the opposite of what they sound like: instead of individuated cars making up a larger train, the train would become, essentially, one long train.
Why you'll miss the age of the imperial centrist mayor
Why Liberals will miss Michael Bloomberg and the era's other imperial centrist mayors
A plan to foster innovation amidst bankruptcy
The old Argonaut Building has a big place in Detroit’s history. From 1936 to 1956, it was the home of the General Motors Research Laboratory, the first in-house research & design studio in the automotive industry.
The Mayo Clinic is making Rochester, Minn., double in size—and billing residents for it
When the billionaire owner of the Minnesota Vikings football team decided last year he wanted a new, $1 billion stadium, he did what sports franchise owners often do: threaten to relocate to another state—at least implicitly—and thereby wrung nearly $500 million dollars from taxpayers.
In the depths of the Great Recession, in the early spring of 2009, as the country was scrambling for ways to stop a seemingly bottomless plunge, the economic development guru Richard Florida weighed in with a high-profile prescription on the cover of the Atlantic, titled “How the Crash Will Reshape America.” In the piece, which Florida later expanded into a book, The Great Reset, he argued that the recession was going to leave behind an entirely new