Malls and the Future of American Retail

The mall was supposed to be a reinvention of the town square — and for nearly half a century it was, as a public space committed to shopping, eating, or merely lounging around with friends. But the retail apocalypse has taken the core out of the mall, the flagship retail that held it all together, and the new mall may have more in common with a museum, where shopping is less important than an overall mood of luxury and citizenship.

Source: Curbed
Published: Feb 15, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,800 words)

The Man’s Man’s Kitchen

As American men started cooking more at home, companies started redesigning their appliances to capture their dollars. Unfortunately, insulting gendered ideas about “manly cooking” and women’s “natural way in the kitchen” still underlie this shift to clean steal surfaces and black-matte finishes.

Source: Curbed
Published: Jan 31, 2018
Length: 15 minutes (3,849 words)

Evictionland: More and More Americans Experience Eviction, and Gentrification is Partly to Blame

In this essay supported by the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, Joseph Williams investigates the increasingly deft mechanisms at work evicting lower-income apartment dwellers in rapidly gentrifying cities, while chronicling his own descent from white collar Politico reporter living in a luxury apartment, to jobless, homeless man.

Source: Curbed
Published: Jan 24, 2018
Length: 13 minutes (3,272 words)

Neon City

Stephie Grob Plante profiles the artists of Austin, Texas who create new neon signs and restore old signs to their former, glowing glory.

Source: Curbed
Published: Dec 12, 2017
Length: 11 minutes (2,754 words)

Are We Having Fun Yet?

The Museum of Ice Cream is popular, colorful, and sugary, but are visitors playing—or playing themselves?

Source: Curbed
Published: Oct 31, 2017
Length: 7 minutes (1,975 words)