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Downtown Is for People

On the then-new phenomenon of dead downtowns.

It is not only for amenity but for economics that choice is so vital. Without a mixture on the streets, our downtowns would be superficially standardized, and functionally standardized as well. New construction is necessary, but it is not an unmixed blessing: its inexorable economy is fatal to hundreds of enterprises able to make out successfully in old buildings. Notice that when a new building goes up, the kind of ground-floor tenants it gets are usually the chain store and the chain restaurant. Lack of variety in age and overhead is an unavoidable defect in large new shopping centers and is one reason why even the most successful cannot incubate the unusual--a point overlooked by planners of downtown shopping-center projects.
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The Man Who Created 'Tetris'

How making the most successful video game ever changed Alexey Pajitnov’s life.

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The Astonishing Rise of Angela Merkel

A profile of the most powerful woman in the world.

Sunday, November 23

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The Ghosts of Bhopal

The lives of the Indians who were swallowed in the Bhopal gas cloud, thirty years later.

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Barry: He Keeps D.C. Guessing

A profile of Marion Barry.

Saturday, November 22

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Losing the War

An essay, originally published over two issues, on how and why we forget war.

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Stop Trying to Save the World

A longtime NGO worker on how big ideas end up hurting international aid.

Friday, November 21

William Langewiesche on Longform

From shipbreakers in India to a plane crash in Brazil, organized crime in Naples to pirates in the Gulf of Aden — browse our complete archive of more than 20 articles by William Langewiesche.

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Salvage Beast

When massive ships sink, burn, fall apart or get stuck, their owners call Nick Sloane. His job: figure out how to save as much as he can.