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Can the Great Lakes Shake Off the Rust?
The decline of manufacturing in the Rust Belt is more recent than we think, and jobs are slowly returning. But the region desperately needs a youth revival to balance national population trends.
How to Make Urban Highways Vanish
Thanks to this free open-source mapping tool, you can digitally demolish your city’s loathed urban expressways and reveal what lies beneath.
We Rode an Ikea Bike
There’s some assembly required for the Swedish company’s new commuter bicycle, Sladda. Can it handle the rigors of the American city?
When Cities Went Electric
You might know about Tesla vs. Edison. In cities, it was Edison vs. Westinghouse.
Can D.C’s Homeless Live in Discarded Subway Cars?
Visionary architect Arthur Cotton Moore’s latest idea: an affordable housing project built out of old Metro cars.
What Cities Looked Like Before the EPA
Whatever happens to the Environmental Protection Agency, it has a clear legacy in cities.
Turning around abandoned urban spaces sometimes just takes a little imagination
The Wastelands of Urban Renewal
Through large-scale demolition and clearance, American urban renewal waged a war on perceived waste—and created a new tide of it.
What If Bike Paths Looked Like Subway Maps?
Think maps of bicycle lanes are too complicated? This guy’s fixed it.
The Four Horsemen of the Bike Share Apocalypse
What kept Seattle’s Pronto! bike share program from thriving? Turns out it was several things.
Donald Trump’s Bulldozer Budget
Trump staffers are reportedly building a budget proposal with major cuts to federal agencies and programs. These are the ones that could hit cities the hardest.
The Complete Guide to ‘Border Vacuums’
As Jane Jacobs preached, large-scale highways, parks, and big buildings can all divide communities, discouraging street life and sucking the life out of cities. Here’s how to spot (and fix) them.
The Curious Case of New York’s Two Economic Centers
Why Midtown and Wall Street developed both separately and parallel to each other.
Trump’s Rust Belt Bet
Smaller and mid-sized cities in the region played an outsize role in the Republican’s victory.
The Trouble With Election Maps
America needs a voting map that actually looks like America.
You Should Be Cycling With a Boombox
The joys, pitfalls, and etiquette of cycling with a portable stereo.
What Kind Of Urbanist Is Bob Dylan?
A CityLab guide to the Dylan canon and the allure of the city.
- Keeping Track of London’s Worst Construction Site Ads
It can be hard to avoid such street-level marketing campaigns for new developments in the U.K. capital.
- Chicago as the Third Wheel on the Obamas’ First Date
The writer and director of Southside With You talks about the city behind the future First Couple.
- In the 1950s, General Motors Made a Pretty Modern Case for Buses
The automaker produced an earnest, albeit self-interested, pitch for public transportation.
- Why Portland, of All Places, Came Late to Bike-Share
The famously bicycle-friendly city says its “smart-bike” program, Biketown, was worth the wait.
- Led Zeppelin cleared of plagiarism charge in ‘Stairway to Heaven’ trial
- WHO says ‘no conclusive evidence’ that coffee causes cancer
- You now must be 21 to buy tobacco in California. Is a cigarette tax next?
- Construction workers stumble upon buried treasure in Spain
- ‘Facebook for pot’ files to be first cannabis company on NASDAQ
- Here’s a first impression of driving in a Tesla Model 3
What It Was Like Growing Up at Gettysburg
Time.com / Zoçalo Public Square – June 30, 2015
When King And Johnson Joined Forces To Fight The War On Poverty
NPR.org – January 18, 2014
(Also, a list of stories I helped to produce at NPR)
Academic Writing – American University
Pocketbook Voting, Sociotropic Politics and Framing Voters’ Thoughts
Political Opinion in the United States – May 11, 2015 – Professor Elizabeth Suhay
Socratic Virtue: Education as Aristotelian Happiness
Ancient Political Thought – December 8, 2014 – Professor Alan Levine
The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act: Public Policy Analysis
Applied Public Policy – April 15, 2014 – Professor Thomas Williams
Food Fight! A Food Stamps Explainer
Applied Politics – December 2, 2013 – Professor Brandon Smith
The Horse Soldier & Gettysburg-Related Multimedia
The Other Gettysburg Addresses – November 15, 2013
The Battle of Gettysburg: July 1-3, 1863 – June 24, 2013
Days of Uncertainty and Dread by Jerry Bennett – March 4, 2013
Presidential Poetics: Abraham Lincoln’s Poetry (video and music)
- Germantown celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month year-round
WHYY NewsWorks / Philadelphia Neighborhoods – April 30, 2012
- Music Issue: Artistic cooperation and collaboration on Girard Avenue
The Temple News – April 23, 2012
- Germantown victim advocates share their story on 15th anniversary of loved one’s killing
WHYY NewsWorks / Philadelphia Neighborhoods – March 2012
Academic Writing – Temple University
The Spirit of Music: Nietzsche’s Irresolvable Conflict
History of Aesthetics – May 10, 2012 – Professor Kirstin Gjesdal
Phantom of the iPhone: Apple presents iPod: The Musical! (satire)
Writing Humor – March 24, 2012 – Professor Diane Bones
Is Poetry the Sincerest Form of Philosophy?
History of Aesthetics – March 8, 2012 – Professor Kirstin Gjesdal
“God Said To Abraham, Kill Me A Son” – Kierkegaard’s Sickness Unto Death, Fear and Trembling
Intro to Existentialism – November 19, 2011 – Professor Kirstin Gjesdal
Give Me A Brake! The Social Significance of Cycling
The Gilded Age – September 28, 2011 – Professor James Salazar
Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring
Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and Paul Hindemith’s Four Temperaments
Art of Listening – Spring 2010 – Professor Ryan Olivier
Cecil B. Moore’s Symbolic Politics – A Review of Up South
Philadelphia’s Uptown Theater – April 19, 2010 – Professor Bryant Simon
The Beats: Buddha Monks with the Ale or Deluded Drunks Bound to Fail?
Asian Thought and Religion – December 7, 2009 – Professor Amy Weigand