Strange but true, America

A review of Cahokia: Ancient America's Great City on the Mississippi by Timothy Pauketat (and more and more). Philip Nobel reviews Mannahatta by Eric Sanderson. A review of Automats, Taxi Dances, and Vaudeville: Excavating Manhattan's Lost Places of Leisure by David Freeland. Described as a “sorry gateway” in 1996, North Adams, Massachusetts, became a “hidden jewel” six years later — what happened? A review of L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City by John Buntin (and more). Food among the ruins: Detroit, the country’s most depressed metropolis, has zero produce-carrying grocery chains; it also has open land, fertile soil, ample water, and the ingredients to reinvent itself from Motor City to urban farm. North Carolina, it seems, is so redolent of hickdom that it embarrasses the sub-Babbitts of Charlotte’s shovel-ready-for-the-global-economy-in-this-shrinking-world class. The latest chapter in America's obsession with the small town: A review of Thousands of Broadways: Dreams and Nightmares of the American Small Town by Robert Pinsky. Everyone in America wants their town to hit the list of the top five places to live in the US, but what many developers are not asking in the process is, "At what cost?" A review of Strange But True, America: Weird Tales from All 50 States by John Hafnor. A review of How the States Got Their Shapes by Mark Stein.