Karen Loew

Karen Loew is a writer in New York, and director of the new short dance film No Man’s Land.

A still from the film, Columbus, with Eero Saarinen's North Christian Church in the background

The Midwest Town That Designs Above Its Weight

A new film, Columbus, stars a cast of stunning mid-century buildings across the small Indiana city where it takes place. New initiatives may cultivate its reputation for years to come.

An empty storefront on a sidewalk with a "retail space for lease" sign in the window

How Cities Can Save Small Shops

Some places are already taking action, but New York City is lagging behind. Here’s a blueprint for keeping local retail healthy.