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Where the Middle Class Is No Longer a Majority

Words on the Street highlights the best writing on cities.

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How to Brew a Midwest Downtown Renaissance

Start with small Main Street projects that restore walkability.

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Are the Lights Back On in Gary?

How the former Indiana steel capital is being revived.

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Where Millennials Live

Words on the Street highlights the week’s best writing on cities.

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The Age of Aquarius: An Urbanist Battle in Brazil

Anchored by a brilliant lead performance, “Aquarius” casts the battle for urban development as high-stakes cinema.

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Why Ballparks Can’t Save Cities

Neoclassical stadiums have revitalized baseball, but don’t automatically create vibrant neighborhoods.

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Does Small, Local Retail Matter?

When revitalized downtowns become dominated by chain stores, independent businesses struggle to compete.

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The misleading “land-use trilemma” suggests that affordable housing always requires expanding the suburbs.

Detroit Never Died

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