Winter 2013
A Wealth of Words.
E. D. Hirsch, Jr.
The key to increasing upward mobility is expanding vocabulary.
Hail Columbia!.
Aaron M. Renn
The federal government’s relentless expansion has made Washington, D.C., America’s real Second City.

Policing Controversies

Courts v. Cops.
Heather Mac Donald
The legal war on the war on crime
The LAPD Remade.
John Buntin
How William Bratton’s police force drove crime down—and won over Los Angeles’s minorities
The GOP and the City.
Edward L. Glaeser
Conservative policies have greatly benefited urbanites. Why won’t Republicans seek their votes?
The Pension Fund That Ate California.
Steven Malanga
CalPERS’s corruption, insider dealing, and politicized investments have overwhelmed taxpayers with debt.
Birth of the Nation.
Pierre Manent
How this surprising political form became the framework of Western civilization
New York's Sandy Scorecard.
Nicole Gelinas
What worked, what didn’t, and what the city should do when future storms threaten
Five Principles of Urban Economics.
Mario Polèse
Things we know and things we don’t
The Texas Growth Machine.
Wendell Cox
The data show that the Lone Star State’s prosperity is no mirage.
Irrepressible Moscow.
Paul Starobin
An exuberantly corrupt city thrives on disharmony.

Urbanities

The Dream of the Peruvian.
Adam Kirsch
Mario Vargas Llosa’s writing defends liberty and reason, even as it remains fascinated by fanaticism and violence.
Krazy.
Stefan Kanfer
George Herriman brought brilliant farce and artistic whimsy to the funny pages.

Soundings

Robert Bryce
Some environmentalists see atomic energy as the answer to global warming.
Howard Husock
A White House program blurs the line between government action and private charity.
Alberto Alesina
Decentralization done wrong
Steven Malanga
It’s time to repeal the Jones Act.
Larry Sand
Saving California’s schools will take more than a tax hike.

Departments

Brian C. Anderson
Oh, to be in England
Zadie Smith's London.
Theodore Dalrymple
The novelist explores the tensions of living in a multicultural city.
Connecticut Diarist
Winter Passing.
Paul Beston