Lee Gardner

Lee Gardner

Lee Gardner is a senior reporter at The Chronicle of Higher Education. He was previously the editor of the Baltimore City Paper.

a photo of a country music performer in Nashville.

Why Nashville Can't Quit Country Music

A historian on the Ken Burns documentary Country Music explains why the Tennessee capital’s bond with country music endures, even as the city has boomed.

a photo of graffiti in Bristol, UK

The Dystopian Novel That Explains What's Wrong With Real Smart Cities

In the fictional dystopia of Tim Maughan’s novel Infinite Detail, our dependence on urban technology has been suddenly severed.

Maggie Gyllenhaal walks the mean streets of 1971 New York City in HBO's "The Deuce," created by David Simon.

David Simon Does Not Miss the Sleaziness

The creator of HBO’s “The Deuce” talks about the rebirth of Times Square, other cities he loves, and why bureaucrats can be TV heroes, too.

Can City Hall Make a Music Scene?

Behind all those happening new bands, there might be some hard science.