Author Archives: Elias Crim

A Recipe For Transforming a Midwestern Neighborhood

It must begin at the grassroots, steering away from the outsider “fix it” mentality.

The New Urbanist Credo: ‘Make No Big Plans’

In a new book, Strong Towns promotes a fine-grained, bottom-up approach to development

The Problem With ‘Smart Cities’

Silicon Valley’s platforms send wealth away from communities. Is there a local alternative?

Are the Lights Back On in Gary?

How the former Indiana steel capital is being revived.

What the Rust Belt Can Learn from Rio

By returning to their roots, gritty places can prosper outside established economic structures.

Saved by the Divine Comedy

Rod Dreher shows how a literary classic can be the best therapy for troubled times and a troubled soul.

Are You Better Off Now?

A priest tries to reconcile Catholicism and American capitalism, with limited success.

Culture Without the War

Why we need art and literature, not politics