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The Great Housing Debate: A Profusion of Panaceas

Just about everybody agrees that we need more affordable housing, and there are lots of ideas for making it happen. So far, though, none of them have come to much.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  April 7, 2021
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The Painful Question of Why Some Cities Thrive and Others Don’t

In examining six older industrial cities, two urbanists raise a lot of good questions, though they don’t provide any definitive solutions.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  March 23, 2021
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Where Americans Are Moving — and Why They Really Are Doing It

It's true that some cities have been losing population, but it's not because of a mass exodus to escape the coronavirus. Don't look for a lot of moving vans heading from Brooklyn to Mayberry.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  March 10, 2021
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The Strange, Troubled History of Pedestrian Malls

A few of them have worked out well. Most of them have been failures. But the idea of building new ones has never died, and there are signs of still another incarnation.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  February 23, 2021
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Crime and Anxiety in the Beverly Hills of the South

Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood is rich and mostly white, but the same jump in violent crime that many cities are seeing has alarmed its residents. Some of them think secession is the answer.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  February 9, 2021
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When It Comes to Judges, How Old Is Too Old?

Most states set a mandatory retirement age for their judges, typically 70. Does that still make sense in this day and time? The wisdom and stability of longevity are worth something.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  January 25, 2021
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Jaywalking and the Dilemma of ‘Victimless’ Crimes

How much authority should governments have to protect people misbehaving in ways that are, in most cases, dangerous only to themselves?

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  January 13, 2021
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Can a Virtual Legislature Be a Real Legislature?

Lawmakers in much of the country will be doing their work next year by remote control. That will make a tough job even tougher.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  December 21, 2020
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Chicago’s L: the Ugly Duckling that Made a City

By defining the downtown Loop more than a century ago, elevated trains and tracks gave the city a vibrant economic and cultural center. It's a core element that other cities don't have.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  December 10, 2020
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When Young Turks Take Over a Government

Charlotte's majority-millennial city council has accomplished a few things, but mostly what its members have done is squabble with each other. Succeeding as a 'change agent' is harder than it might seem.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  November 25, 2020
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Will We Ever Slay the Evil Gerrymander?

One state took a small step this week , but we're a long way from eliminating noncompetitive districts and partisan malfeasance.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  November 4, 2020
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