Stats about Next City
- Next American City was founded in 2002 by Adam Gordon, Seth Brown and Anika Singh Lemar and established as a 501c3.
- The magazine was first called The Next American City and published on a quarterly basis starting in 2003. The organization dropped the “The” and became Next American City in 2008. The last print issue of the magazine was Issue 30/31, which was published in 2011.
- Next American City launched Forefront on April 16, 2012.
- The organization changed its name for the final time to Next City in December 2012.
Next City’s editors are experts in a range of urban affairs subjects and talk broadly about issues of* transportation, governance, economic development, education, health* and young emerging leaders in cities. As editors of a pioneering new media site, they are also able to speak about the successes and challenges of non-profit new media.
Executive Director Diana Lind is an experienced speaker who has given keynotes and other speeches at conferences and other events such as The Creative Cities Summit, Nashville Civic Design Center and Downtown Denver Partnership. She has also guest lectured at Drexel University, Syracuse University, the University of Rutgers-Camden and University of Windsor-Ontario. Click here to view her TEDxPhilly talk about urban highway removal.
Executive Editor Ariella Cohen has given speeches and participated on panel discussions at conferences and other events hosted by such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Institute on Money in State Politics, the West Dallas Chamber of Commerce and Surdna foundation. Watch her speak about her work at The Lens (prior to joining Next City) on a local Fox affiliate.
Next City in the News
Next American City’ magazine has succeeded in making urban planning a national debate since it was launched in 2003, but its founders’ lofty ambitions mean they will not be satisfied until the ultimate goal has been achieved: changing the world.
— Monocle, 2010
Let others of their generation produce the next killer computer code or breakthrough indie film, this group believes that the road to global transformation runs through the realm of — get ready — housing, transportation and land use policy.
— New York Times, 2003
Next American City … emerges out of the knowledge that cities cannot be frozen in time and have to grow and change — but that the next generation will have to do better than the suburban sprawl that decimated our cities over the last century.
— The New Yorker, 2003
Notable Press in 2012:
- A short feature on Morning Edition about The Storefront for Urban Innovation (Newsworks)
- A short feature on Forefront‘s non-profit media model (Fast Company)
- A profile of Forefront shortly before it was launched (FOLIO: Magazine)
- An audio interview with Diana Lind about I-95 in Philadelphia and urban highway removal in American cities. (WHYY)
- An article about Next American City’s panel discussion on urban highway removal. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
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