What I Learned This Week

America is renewing itself through its small towns and local communities.

This is the conclusion of the ground-breaking Our Towns:  A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America by James Fallows and Deborah Fallows. James Fallows has been a national correspondent for The Atlantic for 35 years and has always moved to where history is being made.  Deborah Fallows holds a PhD in theoretical linguistics, has authored two books and has written for The Atlantic, National Geographic, Slate, The New York Times and The Washington Monthly, and has worked at the Pew Research Center. After visiting dozens of towns across America over a five-year period, and meeting with hundreds of civic leaders, workers, immigrants, educators, government officials, city planners, busines…

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