What do Ajo, Arizona; Charleston, West Virginia; Eastport, Maine have in common? For starters, they were all featured in a recent panel discussion that Our Towns hosted at the Rural…
Substituting Hope for Fear in Small Town America
Developing a common definition of justice could go a long way towards healing our national rifts. But how do we arrive at a shared definition?
What power do communities have at the local level when it comes to the environment?
How Gender and Racial Biases Create Ironies that Defeat Good Organizations
What can a look at the paradoxes of power and failed leadership teach communities?
"Everyone is an inventor; you need only ignore limits and preconceptions then ask yourself 'how should it be?' "
From Sulla to Sullen: What the Fall of the Roman Republic Tells Us About Where Trump Is Taking Us.
Staying versus moving is one of the eternal tensions of American life. Americans have frequently moved: Consider how the geographic center of the population has shifted over the centuries, from…
I mentioned yesterday that several local initiatives could mean as much to their communities or states as the outcome of most national races. The two historical examples I naturally think of are…
This week’s election news out of Kansas was the defeat in the GOP primaries of some of the hardest-line Tea Party Republicans, at both the Congressional and local- and state-legislative level. The…
"We've gotten used to gridlock and stalemate at the national level. This is what it looks like for a city." What civic dysfunction has in common with excessive CEO pay, and why it matters.
One reader urges me to embrace my inner conservative. Other readers say: Not so fast!
Pittsburgh's Mayor Bill Peduto shows what political will and determination can do.
"What you are discovering on your road trip is the genius of conservatism."