An Investment of the Heart

Investing in a sports team as a spectator can be stupid and painful. When you do so, you’re investing your happiness in something over which you have no control, giving the reins to your heart over to something that, even statistically (in most sports), will 29 times out of...

We aggregated 22 different sets of rankings of the "best" cities in the world, as measured by a range of criteria - dynamism, livability, beauty, and other overall qualities. Here's what they revealed. Welcome the debate.

The aggregate consensus "best" cities in the world:

The Consensus Top Tier:

1. Lo...

By Roger Weber

This will be the first part of a series in as many parts as it takes me to sort out some thoughts on how city planning can help in the fight against COVID-19. Stay tuned.

1850 can teach us a lot about coronavirus, and about life. As the US took its first steps toward the Civil War and t...

So you've got some land and want to build a new city? Or maybe you just know you want to build a city, but you don't have the land yet. Here is a starter guide for how to build a new city.

Step 1: Approach with caution

Building a new city is a really, really, really big investment. It's tremendously e...

As one of the most conservative countries on earth takes on the 21st century, a pair of government-initiated new cities are among its most groundbreaking and ambitious investments. With different histories and emerging trajectories, KAEC and NEOM are blazing the trail in the opportunities and pitfal...

Among its many inventions, one of America's most interesting gifts to the rest of the world was its invention of the modern maga-city downtown. Before Europe and well before Asia, America invented the notion of a true modern "downtown" comprised of abundant tall buildings and a plethora of urban job...

Even before revelations around the Astros' cheating en route to the 2017 World Series, 2018 ALCS, and possibly the 2019 World Series, began to dominate the baseball universe, making the Nationals' 2019 World Series victory all the more remarkable, the Nationals' run to the title already held the dis...

Ballet got more front page news coverage last year than it ever has in decades thanks to an embarrassing controversy involving one of the country's most high-profile dancers who, according to many, couldn't complete a routine. While many are panning the controversy as a disaster for ballet's present...

Before he led the country across a five-year struggle that freed the slaves and reunited the union, and before he was even elected President, Abraham Lincoln helped fuel the growth of the heartland. He also helped bridge an economic divide that closed a cultural chasm, offering lessons for the prese...

2020 brought with it a devastating setback for one of the most ambitious public works campaigns in the history of the country. As of early 2020, the campaign to build a regional airport on the land currently occupied by Central Park in New York City appears to have folded entirely, with the pro...

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