Here is what Sommer Mathis from The Atlantic Cities says on this new editorial project:
A majority of the world's population now lives in a town or city. That's a fact you'll run into more than once on this website today, but it bears repeating, and not only because it is a remarkable, indeed historic new reality. It's also a big part of the reason why we've created this site. To understand cities is to get a handle on how most of us live, work, and play.
For the last six years, I've been trying to understand one city in particular. As the first full-time editor of DCist.com, then later at TBD.com and Washingtonian, I've been an online journalist working the District of Columbia beat. During this time, I've seen how passionate people can be about issues like transit, housing, and urban planning. The advent, and now really, proliferation of city-specific sites devoted to these issues, like Greater Greater Washington or Plan Philly or Grid Chicago (all of which, by the way, have joined a growing group of Atlantic partners pointing our readers to excellent, on-the-ground coverage), is a testament to how widespread that passion is in cities all over the country.
What can you expect from The Atlantic Cities? With this new site, we aim to do four things. First, we want to offer reported features that tell great stories about where cities are today, where they've been, and where they're heading. Second, we want to deliver short, authoritative takes on the latest news and events happening in cities across the globe. Third, we want to gather the smartest thinkers and researchers in urbanism, anchored by the innovative work of Atlantic senior editor and Atlantic Cities godfather Richard Florida, to facilitate a bigger-picture, ideas-based conversation with our readers. And fourth, we want to use a variety of media, from charts and maps to photos, video and text, to tell these stories.