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Is Our Love Affair with the Single-Family Home Over?

It may depend on what millennials really want. But none of the ideas aimed at that generation would make more than a dent in America's acute housing shortage.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  October 20, 2020
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Too Much Government? Or Just Too Many Governments?

Efforts to merge municipalities make a lot of sense, particularly in this virus-plagued, cash-poor moment. But they usually don't succeed. Three struggling Illinois towns are about to try it anyway.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  October 6, 2020
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Could We Please Stop Pontificating About the American Dream?

It means different things to different people. In the end, it doesn't really mean much at all. And there's very little that politicians or government can do to uphold or restore it.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  September 21, 2020
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American Cities and the Cure for Machine Mischief

Cities keep lurching between electing their governing bodies from districts and choosing them at large. The district approach is gaining, but its fragmentation doesn't promote a broad view of community needs.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  September 8, 2020
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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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