City Makers: Global Shifts
Dispatches from the front lines of urban innovation
Which of the innovations covered in our series will prove transformative?
The archetypal postwar suburb has less socioeconomic diversity—and hardly more racial diversity—than it did in the 1950s.
In the suburbs of Washington, D.C., one school system has opened small campuses especially for recent immigrants.
An isolated part of New York City is still rebuilding its economy after Sandy.
Economic growth and the rise of consumer borrowing have resulted in booming suburbs on the periphery of the city.
In Pennsylvania’s Delaware County, a patchwork of municipalities can easily find themselves with little room to maneuver.
Artists in and around Tunisia’s capital walk a fine line between self-expression and caution.
In Minnesota’s Twin Cities region, fair housing advocates are engaged in a fierce debate over just how much race matters.
A Minnesota law professor says racial integration is the key to stable and prosperous suburbs.
After a period of rapid diversification, the town outside the Twin Cities faces rising poverty and housing challenges.
To break through gridlock on fair housing, officials in wealthy Westchester County, New York, try a new tactic.
Pricey downtown real estate and safety concerns are among the factors.
New initiatives in Jiaxing and Shenzhen offer alternatives to top-down, centralized planning.
A landscape architect proposes exurban shipping districts you’d actually want to visit (or live in).
For decades, activists have promoted urban agriculture on the outskirts of Havana.
Activists in Buenos Aires seek to improve conditions by including marginalized neighborhoods on official maps.
As poverty and hunger spread, charities must figure out how to serve dispersed pockets of need.
A new “agrihood” in California’s Central Valley reworks a former tomato-canning plant into an aspirational suburb.
If there’s a “Chinese Dream,” it can be found on the fast-growing outskirts of Beijing, Shanghai, and other major cities.
Australian architects make an intriguing discovery when they peel back the layers of a McMansion.
A historic agreement in 2015 was supposed to bring 162 isolated villages into the modern world. A lot of them are still waiting.