PODCAST

Inside Our Towns: Allen Carroll and Story Maps

Evan Sanford explores the origin and evolution of Esri’s story maps with the innovative storytelling tool’s creator, Allen Carroll.

GEOJOURNALISM

We Find Our Way With Maps. But How Can Mapmakers Know Where They're Going?

A "geo-historical narrative" captured the imagination of many children in mid-20th century America. Maps have always had power to shape perceptions of reality. A memoir about their influence--and an introduction of what's to come.

Economic & Business Development

What happens to small companies now?

The path small, locally conscious firms are taking to survive the current economic and public health disaster.

Local Institutions

Looking at Libraries

Read the story in The Atlantic  here. A “fly-brary,” courtesy of the Deschutes Public Library, at the Redmond, Oregon, airport. (Courtesy of Deborah Fallows) Continuing the photo essay about public libraries, which showed many examples of children’s rooms and adult spaces, this collection shows some of the multitude of activities happening at public libraries. It also includes some […]

Big Little Ideas

Start Planting Trees

Planting trees as part of a green initiative in the southern California town of Redlands. Courtesy of Karen Bell Recently Deb Fallows kicked off a series of “Big Little Ideas”—innovations or reforms that could be applied fairly easily at the local level and that might have cumulatively very important effect. (Thanks to many readers who have written in. […]

Local Institutions

The Gift of a Public Library

A legacy that continues.

Reports From America

Father’s Day 2019

A tribute

Economic & Business Development

The End of the Journey

N435SR parked at its new home at the San Bernardino Airport in California (Deborah Fallows) Arriving in Tucson, we felt the inklings of coming full circle with our American Futures project. Only one more leg of our journey, about 400 miles, before we reached our destination of the San Bernardino airport, and on to a writing base at the University […]

Education

Deb Fallows at the University of Redlands

During our West Coast travels for American Futures reports in the winter of 2014-2015, my wife Deb and I were based at the University of Redlands, in southern California. From there we did reports on neighboring San Bernardino, Riverside, Fresno, and Winters in California; Ajo, Arizona; central Oregon; and other locales. This weekend Deb was back at the university as one of […]

Arts

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.

Parks, Rec & Fun

Welcome Our Newest National Monuments!

Often it seems that modern presidents can't do anything — except wage war. Here's a heartening exception.

Economic & Business Development

A Library Writes Its Own Story

A California library becomes a living legend.

Economic & Business Development

Why an F-16 Hit a Cessna, and Some More-Upbeat Updates

Sobering news from the NTSB, but encouraging news from Maine to California

Arts

California’s Improbable Navel-Orange Queen

Eliza Tibbets was a suffragist, abolitionist, and spiritualist—and the mother of California's orange industry.

Parks, Rec & Fun

The Long Stretch Home

The fourth day of a cross-country flight

Arts

A New Vocabulary for American Towns

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