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Tisquanto, Mrs. Shay, Sara Mardini, and the ‘original virtue’ of Thanksgiving

It’s a good question to ponder at this time of year: What would Tisquanto think of our ritual called Thanksgiving? Or “Squanto” as Mrs....

State of the City – How Paris foreshadowed today’s urban politics of displacement and segregation

Review: Paris – Capital of Modernity, by David Harvey, 2006, 230 pp., Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group Joint editor’s note: Like so many cities, Austin...

A year of exceptions, mirrored by exceptionalism – in the world, the nation, our city and an aspiring media upstart called Urbānitūs

All of us, no doubt, will remember the year just past for its great exceptions: a murderous pandemic, anti-racism protests that became history’s largest...

On the origins and future of urbanity in our moment of populist and nationalist resurgence

I have spent most of my life as a diplomat, working for my native Belgium and later for the European Union. While most retired...

Despite hyper-partisan discourse about cities, the fates of urban, suburban and rural America are thoroughly intertwined

Though much of our idealist art, iconography, and symbolism paints the American story as a tale of rustic pastoralism and life on the frontier,...

A cautious thumbs-up for America’s mayors and local leaders facing off with Trump

In these days of urban uprising, pandemic devastation and federal shock troops marching on America’s cities, it is nonetheless a moment for mayors, city...