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.
Becoming mayor is tough. But not as tough as restoring urban America's two-party system.
Reviving partisan competition in urban areas will be good for Republicans, good for cities, and good for the country. New York's Joe Lhota has a persona that might help him become mayor. But can he create the infrastructure to sustain an actual two-party system?
Forget Clooney. Alec Baldwin is America's most believable celebrity liberal. Here's why.
Not so long ago, Alec Baldwin was a washed up star. He reinvented himself without changing a bit. And, in the process, became Hollywood's most believeable star.
Schumer's support for Hagel seems like another setback for the pro-Israel lobby. Or is it?
Several high-profile Democratic governors seem to think gun control is no longer an issue to avoid. Will they be proven right?
Architecture occupies a peculiar place in the life of democratic societies. Most buildings get built because some private concern, an individual or a corporate entity, commissions it. Because procuring land and constructing buildings is expensive, the private concerns that do so typically enjoy the benefits of wealth, which include social and political influence in excess of the democratic credo of one man, one vote. Yet architecture, or most of it anyway, is a public good: what any one person or institution builds, others must live with, and often for a very long time.