Author Archive

James Fallows

Infrastructure

Learning From the New Deal—For the Next Recovery

If national-level policy, in the Biden era, is now trying to support economic recovery and renewal of left-behind areas, ideas on how to do that, and the experimentations and implementations on getting it done, are largely going to occur at the local level.

Infrastructure

Air Travel Is Going to Be Very Bad, for a Very Long Time

COMMENTARY | Flying used to be unpleasant. But scarcity, low demand, and public-health risks could make it unbearable.

Management

Get Off My Lawn

How a small group of activists (a correspondent from The Atlantic among them) got leaf blowers banned in the nation’s capital

Management

California High-Speed Rail—Some Views from the Valley

People in Los Angeles and San Francisco often say that the initial links in a proposed north-south system would be "trains to nowhere." People from nowhere weigh in.

Management

Smaller Towns as Talent Magnets — the Chance to Make Things Work

"The kind of people who might have gone to NASA in the 1960s, Wall Street in the 1980s, or Silicon Valley in the late 1990s are now, I think, more likely than ever to work in municipal government." So says a well-educated young small-town mayor.