What Happened at Chautauqua, and Why It Matters

Friday, Aug. 12, an assailant rushed the stage at the Chautauqua Institution. He stabbed Salman Rushdie in the neck and abdomen. Rushdie was not the only victim in this attack.



As we've traveled around the country with our American Futures and Our Towns projects since 2013, my husband, Jim, and I have evolved from being skeptics to evangelists about the impact of public arts on communities.


All Progress Is Local:

New Year's Notes from Around the Country


Language as Art in Pittsburgh

Exiled writers use words as art and inspire a community.


How America Is Putting Itself Back Together

Most people in the U.S. believe their country is going to hell. But they’re wrong. What a three-year journey by single-engine plane reveals about reinvention and renewal.

Economic & Business Development

How to Create a Tech Startup Scene

Pittsburgh's success provides important and surprising clues.


How the Arts Drove Pittsburgh’s Revitalization

The role of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, founded by a wealthy band of visionaries 30 years ago, is central—but hard to replicate.

Leaders & Governance

How Political Leadership Makes City Streets Bikeable

Pittsburgh's Mayor Bill Peduto shows what political will and determination can do.


What Millennials Love About Pittsburgh

'Land of Opportunity' has real meaning here.


A New Vocabulary for American Towns

Three 21st-century words that are driving the nation's most dynamic municipalities

Economic & Business Development

How Green Riverfronts Transformed Pittsburgh

The City of Bridges revives the rivers that helped make it an economic powerhouse.

Economic & Business Development

America’s Tiniest Innovators: Report from Pittsburgh

Teaching technology and life lessons in an urban elementary school


The Story of Moop: How an Unlikely Company Came to Be

A Pittsburgh woman managed to build a successful bag company from a failed effort to make a dress.

Economic & Business Development

The iPhone Case That Can Call the Police

A startup in Pittsburgh has designed a smartphone case and app to deter assault and help catch the attackers.

Economic & Business Development

The Company That Turns Plastic Bottles Into Fabric and Jobs

A startup in Pittsburgh shows what a social enterprise is capable of.


Pittsburgh’s City of Asylum

In the City of Bridges, an eclectic community embraces writers in exile.