And rethinking public spaces in the process.
The End of the Rainbow
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
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
May 02, 2013
Why cities should not pass new mandatory minimums for firearm possession.
The Scourge of Gay Nepotism
April 30, 2013
Another reason to allow same-sex marriage
The Real Problem with Gentrification
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.
Election Day’s Most Pressing Voting Irregularities: A Roundup
November 06, 2012
Update: As of 5 p.m. there have been 71,849 calls into Election Protection’s 866-OUR-VOTE Hotline. The trends throughout the day include confusion over voter ID requirements in multiple states; long lines at the polls in part due to early voting restrictions; and inadequate preparation throughout the country—not enough voting machines or polling officials—for a large voter turnout. One of the most significant updates include a number of reports coming out of Pennsylvania—specifically Philadelphia and Pittsburgh—that voters have been wrongfully removed from the voting rolls.