Author Archives: Jonathan Coppage

About Jonathan Coppage

Jonathan Coppage is a TAC associate editor. He received a BA in Political Science from North Carolina State University, and previously attended the University of Chicago, where he studied in the Fundamentals: Issues and Texts great books concentration. Jonathan also worked at The New Atlantis: A Journal of Technology and Society. Jon can be followed on Twitter @JonCoppage, or reached by e-mail at [email protected]

Detroit Never Died

When the city government went bankrupt, private citizens continued rebuilding.

Words on the Street

The best writing on urbanism from around the web

When University Architecture Aims Nowhere

After a century of distractions from educating students, college buildings now have ends only in themselves.

Words on the Street

The best writing on urbanism from around the web

The Boarding Houses that Built America

Tocqueville’s first taste of the United States came via a now-lost defining feature of the urbanizing republic.

How to Build Housing From the Middle Out

Fight for your right to rent out your own basement.

Is ‘Queen Bey’ a Front Porch Republican?

Lemonade embeds the stadium celebrity back into the civil society traditions of black women.

Words on the Street

The best urbanism writing from around the web

‘Smart Growth’ and the Sidewalk Ballet

The democratic underpinnings of good urbanism can sometimes matter even more than the building plans.

Affordable Housing Starts From the Bottom Up

Urban affordability crises are the products of a century of well-intentioned city regulations.

Why San Francisco Has to Build Up

Solving such an extreme housing crisis with single-family homes is like solving a fire with gasoline.

Church Bells and Gospel Choirs Under Gentrification

Can religious liberty protect black churches from an invasive species of buffered selves?

Criminal Justice Reform Steps Out of the Shadows

Conservatives of every stripe sign on to a landmark blow struck against mass incarceration.

Volkswagen’s Failed American Gamble

Shale and scandal combined to unravel Germany’s prized industrial champion.

When Universities Abandon Education for Buildings

“Starchitects” and administrators enjoy debt-fueled binges on the infrastructure of higher consumerism.

The Optimism of the Cross in the Face of Genocide

Reflecting on this year’s In Defense of Christians summit—without Ted Cruz

Brad Pitt’s Rotting Post-Katrina Modernism—and Ours

Why New Orleans localism beat the world’s most famous architects

Donald Trump Isn’t Herman Cain

Donald “Stay and we keep the oil” Trump is a self-made caricature manufactured for the media—who won’t go quietly.

‘Game of Thrones’ Between Two Battles

“Blackwater” and “Hardhome” mark the transition of the HBO show from domestic politics to an existential peril.

New Urbs Returns from Dallas

A new generation of conservatives has risen to the defense of walkable neighborhoods and traditional development.

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