Todd S. Purdum

Todd S. Purdum

Todd S. Purdum is a staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution.

In L.A., a Homelessness Crisis Is 'the Issue of Our Time'

Voters say the city needs to address housing and homelessness. Will that feeling be reflected in local or national politics?

Former New York Mayor John V. Lindy in front of a podium

City Hall to the White House: Can’t Get There From Here

Before Bill de Blasio and Eric Garcetti decide to run, they ought to look back on Lindsay and Yorty in 1972.