Can tearing up a noted artistic zone be a path to civic success? City leaders say yes, while some of their citizens say no.
Plus: how much is any discussion of "downtown" a coded talk about race?
More cities, more assessments of what works, and why.
Fresno, California prepares to rip up its landmark pedestrian mall and replace it with a street.
"Visitors think, 'That's just how Seattle is.' But it wasn't." Lessons via places ranging from Fresno to Shanghai.
A beleaguered city shows the path toward revival.
"It's a great time to be an artist in Fresno." This is a possibility I had never considered before visiting. And now ...
Why "unapologetic" may be the most important word in a city's recovery plan
Urban revivals require a shared narrative, private-sector partners, and a public official championing a far-sighted plan.
An elementary school of and for the urban community
How would you build a high-tech center in a vast farming zone? You might start by applying tech solutions to farming problems of water use and sustainability in all forms.
Public schools often end up concentrating on students with obvious promise at the very top, and with obvious problems at the bottom. Here is one designed to foster opportunities for everyone else.
How Fresno prepares the kids in the middle
A new season of reports on a renewing America
The chairman of California's costly and controversial infrastructure project explains why (in his view) it actually will get builtâ€”and whether its champion, 77-year-old Governor Jerry Brown, is likely to be able to take a ride.
An index to the arguments pro and con about the most ambitious infrastructure project in the United States