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PRESS RELEASE: Next City Announces Science of Cities, a New Weekly Column

Next City announces Science of Cities, a new weekly column supported by the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — The non-profit media organization Next City is proud to announce the launch of Science of Cities (, a new weekly column that will explore the scientific underpinnings of cities. The column, written by Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow, is funded by the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Around the world, cities are struggling to become more resilient, opportunity-rich and inclusive. Public officials, the private sector, non-profit organizations, and self-proclaimed urban advocates need more information about best practices that can improve cities. By introducing this thought-provoking column to Next City’s readership of highly influential policymakers and thoughtleaders, Next City is helping to elevate the discourse about science, research, urban policy and their growing connections.

“This column will allow Next City to explore a new, emerging field of urban science in our customary holistic fashion, from health to infrastructure, sustainability to economic development. It’s a supremely exciting development in our content and we can’t wait to see what conversation it sparks,” says Next City Editor in Chief, Diana Lind.

The column will be written by Rebecca Tuhus Dubrow, formerly a contributing writer for the Boston Globe’s Ideas section. Her writing has appeared in Slate, The Nation, The New York Times Book Review and Dissent, among others.

The column will proactively seek out research projects in progress and report on recently published studies that examine the data on cities. Next City will work with an advisory committee of well-known urban researchers, such as Eric Klinenberg, Xavier de Souza Briggs, Laura Kurgan, and Anthony Townsend, among others, to ensure that Next City is covering the most timely and important stories.

Over the past year, Next City has launched several new topic-focused columns including The Equity Factor, Watermark, The Shared City and The Works. Science of Cities will complement these columns by cutting across subject matter.

Readers can now access Science of Cities at and follow @nextcityorg for updates on Twitter.

About Next City

Next City is a 501c3 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.

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.

About The John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the Foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society. MacArthur is exploring new ways of understanding and addressing the complex and interconnected challenges faced by cities around the world, from violence to climate change, and how to plan, manage, and govern to address them. Learn more at

The Science of Cities column is made possible with the support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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

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