Reimagining the Common Good


What is the Meaning Behind These Categories?

These categories are intended to orient you to the substance of the article and to communicate our framework for understanding the endowments that constitute civic life. This “human ecology” model is at the core of the Thriving Cities Project, a research initiative of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.


The True

America’s 7 Mega-Regions, Tennis, and some (Very) Old Friends

A summary of this week’s pieces, which return to four topics highlighted in earlier briefings.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 45

The Just

A New Map for America

Khanna redraws the map by dividing the U.S. into seven mega-regions united by common infrastructure. 

By Parag Khanna | Vol. 45

The Good

‘Old but not cold’: Four very longtime friends anticipate turning 100 this year

The remarkable story of four Washingtonians who have been friends for the whole of their quite long lives.

By Tara Bahrampour | Vol. 45

The Sustainable

End of the car age: how cities are outgrowing the automobile

Have we reached the era of “peak car”? What does the future of urban transportation hold?

By Stephen Moss | Vol. 45

The True

David Foster Wallace’s Perfect Game

An excerpt from an upcoming book on David Foster Wallace, “the greatest tennis writer of his generation.”

By John Jeremiah Sullivan | Vol. 45

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