urban history

  • Shanghai’s Past, Hong Kong’s Future

    by James Carter and Jeffrey Wasserstrom

    The story of Hong Kong and Shanghai isn’t simply a defining story of the last two centuries of Chinese history. It is really the story of all world cities around the globe today: how they thrive and how they decline.

  • The Cities We Need (Editorial)

    Our cities are broken because affluent Americans have been segregating themselves from the poor, and our best hope for building a fairer, stronger nation is to break down those barriers.

  • Cities and States need Aid – But Also Oversight

    by Daniel Wortel-London and Brent Cebul

    The history of New Deal-era federal aid to local governments suggests that cities need both funds and strict oversight; programs that worked through local business elites often created unsupportable demands on local finances. 

  • COVID-19 and the Color Line

    by Colin Gordon, Walter Johnson, Jason Q. Purnell, and Jamala Rogers

    The disproportionate toll COVID-19 has taken on black Americans is a product of conscious choices by actors at every level of government and private industries like banking, insurance and real estate. 

  • States Are in Crisis. Why Won’t Trump Help?

    by Lizabeth Cohen

    The abandonment of a federalist system where states are accountable to Washington and residents everywhere can expect equitable treatment is recasting the United States of America to favor States over United. 

  • Justice In Movement

    by Genevieve Carpio

    History should challenge us to think about transportation not only in terms of moving people, but of distributing the costs and benefits of mobility equitably.

  • A Brief Criminal History of the Mask

    by Melissa Gira Grant

    The New York  City mask order, particularly without any subsequent plan to make masks accessible to the public, hands police another tool to regulate public space—and that is not the same thing as ensuring public safety.

  • Neglected Gems: Richard Wade And Lisa Tolbert

    by Richard Harris

    For Americanists, the slave experience and its legacy has always been a major concern, but even here the specific impact of the urban environment, and urban size, has not always been well-appreciated.