City Makers: Global Shifts

Dispatches from the front lines of urban innovation

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The Best of 'City Makers: Global Shifts'

Which of the innovations covered in our series will prove transformative?

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What Will Become of Levittown, Pennsylvania?

The archetypal postwar suburb has less socioeconomic diversity—and hardly more racial diversity—than it did in the 1950s.

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Remaking High School for Immigrant Kids

In the suburbs of Washington, D.C., one school system has opened small campuses especially for recent immigrants.

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Can Co-Ops Help the Rockaways Recover?

An isolated part of New York City is still rebuilding its economy after Sandy.

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Istanbul's Suburban Dream Is Fueled by Debt

Economic growth and the rise of consumer borrowing have resulted in booming suburbs on the periphery of the city.

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The Bad Economics of Balkanized Suburbs

In Pennsylvania’s Delaware County, a patchwork of municipalities can easily find themselves with little room to maneuver.

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How Street Art Took Off in the Suburbs of Tunis

Artists in and around Tunisia’s capital walk a fine line between self-expression and caution.

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When Integrating the Suburbs Isn't Enough

In Minnesota’s Twin Cities region, fair housing advocates are engaged in a fierce debate over just how much race matters.

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The Problem of Resegregation in Suburbia

A Minnesota law professor says racial integration is the key to stable and prosperous suburbs.

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Why Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, Is the New Face of Suburbia

After a period of rapid diversification, the town outside the Twin Cities faces rising poverty and housing challenges.

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Can a Game Help Build Affordable Housing?

To break through gridlock on fair housing, officials in wealthy Westchester County, New York, try a new tactic.

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Why Gated Communities Are Still Booming in Buenos Aires

Pricey downtown real estate and safety concerns are among the factors.

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Making China's Urban Fringes More Livable

New initiatives in Jiaxing and Shenzhen offer alternatives to top-down, centralized planning.

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Could Freight Hubs Become Eco-Villages?

A landscape architect proposes exurban shipping districts you’d actually want to visit (or live in).

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Why So Many Cubans Grow Their Own Food

For decades, activists have promoted urban agriculture on the outskirts of Havana.

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Putting Slums on the Map

Activists in Buenos Aires seek to improve conditions by including marginalized neighborhoods on official maps.

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More Americans Are Going Hungry in the Suburbs

As poverty and hunger spread, charities must figure out how to serve dispersed pockets of need.

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Farming the Subdivision

A new “agrihood” in California’s Central Valley reworks a former tomato-canning plant into an aspirational suburb.

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How China Became a Country of Suburbs

If there’s a “Chinese Dream,” it can be found on the fast-growing outskirts of Beijing, Shanghai, and other major cities.