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A cure for the small city blues?

Sometimes what we see as the inadequacies of our cities get us down. But we shouldn’t despair. “Look up at the unknown lights and stop focusing on the setting on the ground,” writes Kristen Jeffers in “Killing the Civic Inferiority Complex,” a visual guide about …

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Finding the raw people of Burlington


I spent my day job at a nonprofit in a nearby town, trying to make it into a better place, but I never really felt like the place I lived was actually home. It took getting engaged in the city to realize that I should …

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What do we write about when we write about neighborhoods?

Durham Roundup (photo E. Sappenfield)

“Only connect!” — E. M. Forster, Howard’s End
Fun sites devoted to cities and urbanism abound on the Web. (Why can’t my city have bike sharing like Copenhagen?) And then there’s all that decorator porn that enflames you with images of what your home or apartment …

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