If you ignore national politics, some Americans feel pretty good about the future

May 10, 2018
What one couple found after a 100,000-mile multiyear trip crisscrossing America's small towns.
Row houses on Seventh Street in downtown Allentown are now mostly home to first- and second-generation immigrants.
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American communities are putting themselves back together

Feb 8, 2016
The Fallows visited over 50 cities in three years to learn about community in America

American Futures from Detroit to Fresno

The Fallows have been on a road trip across the country to learn what it's like in small towns.
 A view of downtown Detroit. 
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In Redlands, Calif., when life gives you oranges...

Dec 20, 2013
The city of Redlands, Calif., boomed with the orange business. And even though many of the groves are gone, some hope oranges will still play a big role in the city's future.

A Redlands, Calif. QUIZ! How well do you know the city famous for its oranges?

Dec 19, 2013
We’re continuing our American Futures series with The Atlantic’s James Fallows and the software company ESRI this week. Kai and James have been traveling across the U.S. looking at how small towns are living and working in a new economy. They’ve flown into the easternmost city in the U.S. — Eastport, Maine and traveled to Sioux Falls, S.D., where they visited a few businesses in […]

American Futures: Eastport's big bet on global trade

Oct 25, 2013
In the town of Eastport, Maine, a gamble on natural resources could revive a flailing economy.

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American Futures: Welcome to Eastport, Maine

Oct 24, 2013
For our American Futures series, Kai & co. head to the easternmost city in the U.S.