Amanda Kolson Hurley

How Cities and Counties Are Taking the Lead on Child Care

Absent federal action, local jurisdictions are increasingly looking for ways to help working parents.

The Murky Law on Free-Range Kids

Why location matters for parents who choose to let children explore neighborhoods on their own.

Shopping Malls Aren't Actually Dying

Photos of creepy, abandoned malls are eerie, but misleading. Most of America's malls are doing just fine.

The Best of City Makers

Looking back on our series about the people and ideas changing cities around the world.

Why Architects and Second-Tier Cities Need Each Other

Ambitious architects tend to cluster in the same metropolises: New York, Chicago, L.A. (not to mention Beijing and London). But when they strike out for second-tier cities, it can be a win-win.

BBC's The Game Does for Brutalism What Mad Men Did for Mid-Century Design

The Cold War thriller on BBC America stars Brian Cox and Tom Hughes—and some excellent, surprisingly intimate Brutalist architecture.

How Bremen, Germany, Became a Car-Sharing Paradise

The city aims to get 20,000 residents using its system by 2020.

Celebrating D.C.'s Punk 'Salad Days'

Filmmaker Scott Crawford on the birth of hardcore in 1980s Washington.

Why Gas-Station Restaurants Are Great for Suburbs

A new crop of restaurants in gas stations, like Seoul Food D.C., will help suburbs grow into more authentic urban places.

How to Tackle Growing Suburban Poverty

Houston's Neighborhood Centers has spent years addressing this hidden problem—which will spread throughout the U.S.

In America's Poorest City, a Housing Breakthrough

Together, a design studio and community-development corporation are transforming housing in the Rio Grande Valley.

Young L.A. Is the Real Winner of LA2050

Youth initiatives dominate the winners of the My LA2050 Grants Challenge, even as L.A.'s child population wanes.

How an Oven Changed the Fate of a Neglected Toronto Park

Thorncliffe Park is now home to North America's first public tandoor oven, thanks to the efforts of local activists.

Introducing 'City Makers: Global Stories'

Our new series about the people and ideas reshaping urban life all over the world, from the ground up.

The Memphis Airport Is on a Mission to Become Its Own City

But whether America's cargo capital can support a real urban center remains to be seen.

The Evolution of England's First Planned Community

In 1901, a team of social do-gooders teamed up to build a clean, green city. A look at their legacy, more than a century later