As the gears of federal government have ground to a halt, a new energy has been rocking the foundations of our urban centers. From Atlanta to Seattle and points in between, cities have begun seizing the initiative, transforming themselves into laboratories for progressive innovation. Income inequality, affordable housing, climate change, sustainable development, public health, participatory government—cities are tackling them all, bringing new urgency to some of the most vital questions of the day. Welcome to the age of big city progressivism! Cities Rising is The Nation’s contribution to the conversation.
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The Rise of the Progressive City: With liberal hopes dashed in Washington, political energy is gathering in cities, where social change is actually possible.
by Michelle Goldberg
The Key to Making Economic Development More Equitable Is Making It More Democratic: How Oakland and other cities are experimenting with efforts to make local residents active participants in the development process.
by Sabeel Rahman
Can Neighborhoods Be Revitalized Without Gentrifying Them? Baltimore’s new housing plan could provide a form of neighborhood uplift that benefits communities, not developers.
by Michelle Chen
Broadband City: How New York Is Bridging Its Digital Divide: After two years in office, the de Blasio administration has made bold moves to make the Internet accessible to all New Yorkers.
by Maya Wiley
This Is What $15 an Hour Looks Like: In July, Emeryville, California, passed the highest city-wide minimum wage in the country. Here’s how workers’ lives changed–and didn’t.
by Gabriel Thompson
Bill de Blasio is New York’s Most Progressive Mayor in Decades—Is That Enough? As opposition mounts, the solution to de Blasio’s problems might lie in even bigger, bolder interventions.
by Jarrett Murphy
Detroit Is Ground Zero in the New Fight for Water Rights: As many as 25,000 families are at risk of having their water shut off. These activists are fighting back.
by Laura Gottesdiener
Can Kshama Sawant Build an Actual Socialist City in America? First, she’ll have to win rent control.
by Sarah Jaffe