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Assessments

The Wildly Improbable Public Life of Jerry Brown

Over a half-century in office — and running for office — this man of paradox broke virtually every rule in the politico's rulebook. Californians loved him for it.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  August 4, 2020
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The Pandemic and the Suburbs’ Second Chance

They've been trying for a long time to attract city dwellers by installing amenities that urbanites crave. COVID-19 fears are providing them with a new opportunity to get it right.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  July 23, 2020
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Is Houston the American City of the Future?

A scholar who's been studying the place for half a century thinks so, and it does seem to be ahead of other cities in some respects. But there also are some ways it's behind the curve.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  July 8, 2020
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Cities and the Forgotten World of Archie Bunker

White blue-collar families and their racial fears defined the urban landscape of 50 years ago, as Black Americans struggled through destabilizing change. The cities of today are very different places.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  June 25, 2020
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Winners and Losers in Post-Coronavirus Government

We used to look to Washington for leadership in times of national crisis. Those days are gone, and we're seeing a transfer of power. Which level of government will come out on top?

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  June 9, 2020
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Will COVID-19 End the Downtown Comeback? Don't Bet on It.

The factors that led to the revival of our city centers will still be there in the aftermath of the coronavirus shutdown: low crime, a craving for entertainment and the desire for physical proximity.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  May 27, 2020
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Will We Look Back Fondly on This Terrifying Period?

It may seem hard to believe that the time of a deadly pandemic might one day be remembered wistfully by those who lived through it. But something like that has happened before in American life.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  May 13, 2020
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Urban

Urban Planners’ New Enemy

Cities are increasingly viewing parking in a negative light and rethinking its place in metropolitan America.

By Alan Ehrenhalt  |  August 17, 2016
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Finance

For Economic Development Gold, Listen to the Music

The stadiums that cities invest in often end up losing money. There’s another, more profitable option: music festivals.

By Alan Ehrenhalt  |  October 6, 2016
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Commentary

The Democrats’ Biggest Problem for 2020 — and Beyond

By clustering in cities, even small ones, they have weakened their political impact.

By Alan Ehrenhalt  |  August 5, 2019
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Finance

Why ‘Costs’ and ‘Savings’ Are Often an Illusion

Most public policy decisions are best described as transfers of wealth where somebody wins and somebody loses.

By Alan Ehrenhalt  |  November 1, 2015
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