"What Are the Children Who Grow Up to Become Police Officers Learning in School?"
Lessons from Philadelphia's mandatory African American History classes
September 28, 2014

Here's what the black kids don't like about the class.

This Sculptor Piles People on Top of Each Other to Make Art
July 22, 2014

And rethinking public spaces in the process.

The End of the Rainbow
From 1993: America's Changing Urban Politics
October 31, 2013

Big cities are turning against Bloomberg-style mayors. This 1993 TNR piece explains why we first turned to them.

Of Course the Best Local-TV Tweet Ever Comes from Philadelphia
October 07, 2013

    Four years ago, I wrote a New Republic piece about the magic of local television news—and how that magic had achieved its greatest form in Philadelphia, where a paucity of real celebrities means local-TV anchors are treated like celebrities. 

Robert Moses Redux
Our new infatuation with old urban titans
July 11, 2013

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

The Worst Gun Control Idea Has Bipartisan Support
Why states should not pass new mandatory minimums for firearm possession
May 02, 2013

Why cities should not pass new mandatory minimums for firearm possession.

The Scourge of Gay Nepotism
Another reason to allow same-sex marriage
April 30, 2013

Another reason to allow same-sex marriage

The Real Problem with Gentrification
A phenomenon that revived cities can also make them monotonous
February 15, 2013

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

"Borking" Hagel? Just What the Founding Fathers Would Have Wanted
January 09, 2013

Cabinet appointments were meant to be clashes between the branches of government.

The Birth of American Finance
December 07, 2012

How Alexander Hamilton and a Swiss anti-Federalist created our country's capitalist system.