Weight of the ordinary

Q&A | Crosses and stucco in the ‘holy land’ of suburbia
by Steve West
Posted 4/11/19, 02:47 pm

Prickly social critic James Howard Kunstler once said “suburbs are the embodiment of existential evil.” Critics regularly condemn them as wastelands of cookie-cutter construction, social conformity, anomie, and racial segregation—and yet that’s where 55 percent of Americans live.

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Houses in the neighborhood

Cities | Christians in New York gather to discuss the problem of housing in an expensive city
by Emily Belz
Posted 4/03/19, 10:30 am

A New York moment:

On Monday night almost 200 people packed out an upper room of W83 Ministry Center, the Upper West Side building where Redeemer Presbyterian Church meets, to talk about housing. It’s a hot topic in one of the most expensive places to live in the country and where homelessness is at the highest levels since the Great Depression.

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Mountain movers

Cities | Medellín, Colombia, once the murder capital of the world, now bustles with better activity
by Jamie Dean
Posted 3/29/19, 10:43 am

Fourth in a series on changing cities

On a clear morning in mid-February, a giant boom and a billowing cloud brought a dramatic turn in one of Colombia’s most infamous storylines. Engineers in the northern city of Medellín triggered 180 detonators and demolished the six-story building that drug-lord Pablo Escobar once called home. 

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