Next City is a non-profit media organization dedicated to connecting cities and informing the people who work to improve them. Next City provides daily online coverage of public policy and current affairs from an urbanist perspective. In addition to our online journalism, we produce events including an annual urban leadership conference, Vanguard.
Originally named The Next American City, the organization began publishing a quarterly magazine in 2003. What started as a black-and-white printed publication staffed by volunteers ultimately grew into a popular and influential magazine that reached 1 million people over the course of its 31 issues. It spawned a popular website, local events in cities around the country, and the Next American Vanguard and Open Cities conferences. In the beginning of 2012, Next American City announced that it would cease publication of the magazine; at the end of the year, the organization expanded its international content and was renamed Next City.
Next City celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a benefit event in New York City in November 2013. As part of the programming, Next City asked urban leaders to tell first-person stories about their life and work in the field. Videos from the event can be viewed here.
In 2014, Next City’s core activities include:
- Forefront, a weekly series of in-depth articles, which is available by web subscription or as an iPhone/iPad app.
- Columns focused on equitable economic development ( The Equity Factor ), the sharing economy’s effect on cities (The Shared City ), urban water infrastructure (Watermark ) and resilience (Resilient Cities)
- The Vanguard conference to be held in Chattanooga, April 24-26, 2014 (applications due February 14, 2014)
- International events, including an exhibition and programming series at the World Urban Forum 7 in Medellin
Next City deeply appreciates its current funders: Ford Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Surdna Foundation and The Knight Foundation as well as our many other generous donors across the country. Support Next City’s work by making a 100% tax-deductible donation today.
Next City seeks an experienced, creative and efficient Expression Engine developer to work on maintaining and expanding our rapidly growing website. The website features multimedia, e-commerce, and subscriber functionality, as well as an extensive Expression Engine CMS. Compensation is on a 15-hour-per-week retainer at a competitive market rate. Philadelphia applicants are preferred. Send resume with cover letter to email@example.com. No phone calls please.
Diana Lind joined Next City in 2008 and is the organization’s executive director and editor in chief. Diana was a 2011 Van Alen Institute Fellow and is the author of Brooklyn Modern: Architecture, Interiors & Design (Rizzoli, 2008). She graduated from Cornell University (B.A., English) and Columbia University (M.F.A., Creative Writing). Her writing has been published in the New York Times, Architectural Record and many other publications and her work with Next City has been profiled in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Monocle and many other media outlets.
Ariella Cohen is the executive editor of Next City. Prior to joining Next City, Ariella co-founded and helped direct the Gulf Coast region’s first online investigative news outlet, The Lens. In 2010, her reporting for The Lens on the use and abuse of Hurricane Katrina recovery funds won The Press Club of New Orleans’ highest honors for investigative reporting and best overall feature writing. She has also written for The Daily Beast, Al Jazeera America, The Brooklyn Paper and other publications. She is a graduate of Oberlin College (B.A., Creative Writing and Politics).
Matt Bevilacqua is associate editor of Next City and oversees the Daily blog. Prior to joining the staff in January 2012, he lived in Washington, D.C. where he attended George Washington University (B.A., Journalism) and wrote for Washington City Paper. Get at him @MattBevi.
Liz Maillie is Next City’s programming and development manager. Along with creating and implementing Next City’s Philadelphia-based event series, Liz coordinates programs in cities across the country, including the annual Vanguard conference. She also supports organizational development through various fundraising efforts. Prior to joining the staff in November 2012, Liz worked for The Pew Charitable Trusts. Liz is co-founder and vice president of Friends of the Rail Park.
Will Doig is Next City’s international editor and is based in New York City. In this role, Will edits and oversees the Informal City Dialogues blog posts and related Forefront stories. Previously, he wrote the “Dream City” column for Salon, was a senior editor at The Daily Beast and served as the editor-in-chief of Nerve. His writing has appeared in New York, the Advocate, Out and many other publications. He graduated from George Washington University (B.A. American Studies).
Bill Bradley writes The Equity Factor column and is based in Brooklyn. Previously, Bill was a features writer at The Daily . His writing has appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek, GQ.com and Vanity Fair, among others. He graduated from Western Michigan University with a B.A. in creative writing and Spanish. Follow him on Twitter @billbradley3.
Nancy Scola writes The Shared City column. Her work on the intersections of technology and politics has been published by The American Prospect, Capital, Columbia Journalism Review, New York, Reuters, Salon, Science Progress, Seed, and other publications. She is a correspondent on technology and politics for The Atlantic. She’s talked about governing, campaigns, political organizing, technology policy, digital media and more on the BBC, CNN.com, MSNBC, and WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show.”
Cassie Owens is assistant editor of Next City. She graduated from Brown University (B.A., Comparative Literature) before spending a Fulbright year in Brazil. There, she researched the literature of Brazilian slums, interviewing authors in Rio and São Paulo. She earned her Master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Cassie was a contributor to Philadelphia City Paper where she covered music, film and culture.
Stephen J. Smith is Next City’s infrastructure reporter and lead writer of The Works column. Stephen has written for Forbes, Bloomberg View, and, most recently, the New York Observer. He is a graduate of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service.
Moira Baylson joined Next City as chief operating officer in January 2014. Previously Moira worked for the City of Philadelphia as Deputy Cultural Officer of the Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy and prior to that as Manager, Cultural Development for the City’s Commerce Department. Moira has also worked for several nonprofit arts organizations and in the publishing field. Moira received her B.S. in Communication from Cornell University and her M.S. in Arts Administration from Drexel University.
Anthony Smyrski is creative director of Next City. He has designed books and other projects for clients such as Thames and Hudson, Powerhouse, Steve Powers, the Pew Foundation, Deloitte and Federal Express. In 2005, he and Dan Murphy founded the experimental media project Megawords and were awarded the Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 2012.
Board of Directors
- Eugenie Birch, Penn Institute for Urban Research
- Bruce Katz, The Brookings Institution
- Andrew Kleeman, Energy Coordinating Agency
- Neil Kleiman, New York University
- Barin Nahvi, Hearst Innovation
- Tamar Shapiro, Center for Community Progress
- Jess Zimbabwe, Urban Land Institute (Chair)