City Makers: Global Stories
The people and ideas reshaping urban life
Popular in northern Europe, cohousing is still a fringe option in the U.S. But the number of cohousing communities here is set to climb, thanks to Baby Boomers.
The media project Mundo Villa chronicles life good and bad in the informal settlements of Buenos Aires.
Acclaimed Dallas chef Chad Houser opens a permanent home for Café Momentum, giving on-the-job training to young offenders.
Craig Robins has helped make Miami's Design District a magnet for cutting-edge architecture and luxury retail.
The school Spin Rocinha teaches young Brazilians how to DJ, no charge.
Want to start an urban farm without permitting hassles? Dreaming of dwarf goats in your yard? Move to Wheat Ridge, Colorado.
Tom Rothmann is charged with streamlining a crazy-quilt zoning code that dates back to 1946. It won't be easy.
Gill Holland pulled off a stunning success in Louisville's East Market area. Now he wants to do it again, across town in Portland.
Broadcast from inside a mental hospital, Buenos Aires' Radio La Colifata challenges preconceptions about mental illness.
In just the past few years, a suburb of San Diego has become a national destination for beer brewers and connoisseurs.
With the violence of the drug war behind it, the border city is experiencing a boom of arts and startup activity, spurred by the group Reactivando Espacios.
Jordan Schnitzer wants to turn the long-dilapidated Centennial Mills into the city's next revitalized neighborhood—even if it means reaching into his own pocket.
In a city-state that's wary of talk about race and religion, a burgeoning stand-up scene offers a welcome respite.
Athenaeums—membership libraries—might seem like fusty relics of the 19th century. But the Providence Athenaeum has become a lively center for intellectual engagement.
With their new housing project, Blackbirds, an architect and developer strive for a sensitive way to build up a low-slung city.
As cities go wild for innovation, Boston's award-winning District Hall tries to distill the concept into physical form.
The city aims to get 20,000 residents using its system by 2020.
After working together to shut down a pair of coal plants, three grassroots organizations no longer see exactly eye to eye on the best way forward for their community.
Denver's Urban Land Conservancy aims to put transit-oriented development to work for the greater good.
By stirring pride in Ecuador's history, the tour group Quito Eterno contributed to the revival of its capital city.