The Works

PRESS RELEASE: Announcing The Works, A Column About Next Generation Infrastructure

Next City, is proud to announce the launch of The Works, a new daily column focused on next generation infrastructure. The Works is made possible with the generous support of the Surdna Foundation.

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September 30, 2013

Next City announces the The Works, a new column about next generation infrastructure, supported by the Surdna Foundation

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — The non-profit media organization Next City, is proud to announce the launch of The Works, a new daily column focused on next generation infrastructure. The Works is made possible with the generous support of the Surdna Foundation.

Across the United States, cities are dealing with an infrastructure crisis. Their transportation networks are outdated, their water supply is stressed by drought and flooding, their building stock is woefully inefficient, their food systems discourage citizens from buying locally. Public officials, the private sector, non-profit organizations and self-proclaimed urban advocates urgently need information, ideas and connections to improve this all-too-common predicament.

*The Works will explore the topics of urban water management, energy efficiency, transportation, food and how next generation infrastructure can integrate these systems. *

“The Works couldn’t be a more timely project,” said Diana Lind, Next City’s Editor in Chief. “American cities are dealing with climate change, budget constraints and are increasingly economically divided. Next generation infrastructure can help ameliorate these woes and The Works will show readers just how.”

In addition to reported journalism and opinion pieces, The Works features narratives about this movement toward creating more sustainable and integrated infrastructural systems and highlights the good work of the Surdna Foundation grantees in this field.

“Many of our aging infrastructure systems are not only overburdened, they’re in an advanced state of decay and disrepair,” says Michelle Knapik, Program Director, Sustainable Environments Program at the Surdna Foundation. “The Works will help readers understand the stresses of increased demand, extreme weather, and shrinking public budgets placed on our transportation, water, and energy infrastructure. But most importantly, the new column will identify innovative, next generation approaches to building infrastructure systems that deliver better services to more people while also benefiting the environment and economy.”

Next City has enlisted two reporters to maintain the column. Stephen J.Smith is Next City’s infrastructure reporter, and is based in Brooklyn. He graduated from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service in 2010, and has written for Forbes, Bloomberg View, and, most recently, the New York Observer. Lewis McCrary will oversee the profiles of Surdna Foundation grantees for The Works, both writing about grantees and helping grantees to craft their own stories. Previously, Lewis was managing editor of The National Interest and Senior Editor of The American Conservative.

Readers can now access The Works at and follow @nextcityorg, Stephen J. Smith (@marketurbanism) and Louis McCrary (@lewismccrary) on Twitter for daily updates.

Delivering valuable, in-depth reporting on urban policy issues

Next City provides readers looking for an urbanist perspective with daily online coverage of public policy and current affairs at In addition to a daily blog and topic-specific columns, Next City publishes a subscriber-based digital longform story series called Forefront, which offers readers a single in-depth story each week.

Recognizing the needs for sustained reporting on topic-specific issues facing cities, Next City also recently launched The Equity Factor, a daily blog about equitable economic development, written by columnist Bill Bradley; The Shared City, a daily blog about what happens when the sharing economy and cities collide, written by Nancy Scola; and Watermark, a series examining all aspects of the world’s growing water problem by Next City contributor Sarah Goodyear.

About Next City
Next City is a 501©(3) nonprofit media organization dedicated to connecting cities and informing the people working to improve them. Through its online content and events, Next City publishes stories about the people and projects that are shaping cities around the world.

About the Surdna Foundation
The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster sustainable communities in the United States — communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures. For over five generations, the Foundation has been governed largely by descendants of John Andrus and has developed a tradition of innovative service for those in need of help or opportunity.

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The Works is made possible with the support of the Surdna Foundation.

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Diana Lind is the former executive director and editor in chief of Next City.

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