City Planning 101: Why universities became big-time real estate developers. Welcome to an American city where the government barely exists. When New York City almost failed: Claire Potter interviews Kim Phillips-Fein, author of Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and The Rise of Austerity Politics (and more). Can cities make us better citizens? Justin McGuirk reviews Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the City by Richard Sennett. Dense urbanism is great for downtowns, but what about suburbs? Urbanist Brent Toderian reflects on which suburbs can be saved and made more walkable. The road to economic revival in the Heartland runs through older industrial cities.

America is more diverse than ever — but still segregated. Parking has eaten American cities: A new study documents the huge amount of space taken up by parking, and the astronomical costs it represents, in five U.S. cities. How Manhattan became a rich ghost town: New York’s empty storefronts are a dark omen for the future of cities.


Pamela Oliver (Wisconsin): The Ethnic Dimensions in Social Movements. Amazon’s antitrust antagonist has a breakthrough idea: With a single scholarly article, Lina Khan, 29, has reframed decades of monopoly law. Ezra Klein on the case for DC and Puerto Rico statehood. The rebellion against Nancy Pelosi is absurd. Walter Dellinger and Marty Lederman on OLC’s opinion on the Whitaker designation as “acting” attorney general. Behemoth, bully, thief: No language in history has dominated the world quite like English does today — is there any point in resisting? California’s wildfires don’t have to be so deadly. California’s wildfires are hardly “natural” — humans made them worse at every step. This is just what it’s always going to be like now.


May faces cabinet mutiny as Brexit deal breaks down. The latest Brexit drama, explained. The problem isn’t Theresa May — it’s Brexit. Britain has reached a new worst-case scenario on Brexit. Britain could have no Brexit deal and a new prime minister by the time this chaos ends. It is now clear to all who look: Brexit is a humiliation of historic proportions. Will Brexit end not in tragedy but in farce? Fintan O’Toole on how Brexit broke up Britain. Britain’s Brexit solution is staring it in the face. Enter Boris: How the court jester of post-truth politics has positioned himself to become Britain’s next prime minister.

Neal Ascherson reviews What We Have Lost: The Dismantling of Great Britain by James Hamilton-Paterson and The Rise and Fall of the British Nation: A 20th-Century History by David Edgerton.

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