Meet the new cities, not the same as the old cities.
Could this be the end of the boomerang generation? In their upcoming book, The Metropolitan Revolution, Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley track how America’s young adults are hitting the road, moving out of their parents’ homes, leaving marginal jobs, and crossing state lines for better employment opportunities. Census data reveal that young people are increasingly more mobile and willing to uproot themselves to new cities, very often in new states, in search of jobs. But forget New York City or San Francisco. This generation is taking up in hubs like Houston and Denver, where industries like consulting and solar energy are flourishing—setting up a shift in America’s power centers. Below, see the top 10 cities of the future.
Metro Area Avg. Migration*
Washington, D.C. 10,337
Portland, Ore. 8,249
Austin, Texas 7,774
Riverside, Calif. 6,229
San Antonio 3,796
Charlotte, N.C. 2,835
*Average annual net migration of 25- to 34-year-olds, 2009–11.
The best travel writing is about the voyage into the space within. One of the great globe-trotting authors on the books that help us understand the land and its inhabitants.
Some travel books are less about travel—that is a specific itinerary and perambulation—than about an intense experience of a particular place. I think of this as both an inner and an outer journey; what is illuminated is the landscape and the people—the place rather than the traveler or the trip. In most of these cases the writers are in residence.
The Maine Woods
By Henry David Thoreau
In 1846, in Maine, only a matter of days from his home in Concord, Massachusetts, Thoreau found the wild place he was looking for. In the chapter “Ktaadn” he defines the essence of wilderness. “It is difficult to conceive of a region uninhabited by man,” he begins modestly. Then comes his hammer stroke: “Nature was here something savage and awful, though beautiful. I looked with awe at the ground I trod on, to see what the Powers had made there, the form and fashion and material of their work. This was that Earth of which we have heard, made out of Chaos and Old Night.”
Did you know there’s a room in the Supreme Court where the justices once watched porn? Nina Strochlic talks to Andrew Carroll about his quest to find and document America’s forgotten history.
In an effort to identify and locate the most pivotal of American history’s overlooked moments, Andrew Carroll has traveled to all 50 states, amassed two dozen file cabinets of research, and even attracted the suspicions of the FBI.
The result is Here Is Where: Discovering America’s Great Forgotten History, a 457-page book documenting his four-year journey to bring attention to uncelebrated stories “that reverberate nationally” and the sites where they occurred.
In 2009 the Washington, D.C.–based author set out to track down these little-known landmarks. For months at a time, he crisscrossed the country in an erratic route he likens to a Jackson Pollock painting. Among his many trips, he has traveled to Hawaii’s farthest inhabited island, owned by a family of Scottish ranchers, where the Japanese landed during World War II; he has located the Rigby, Idaho, farm where a young Philo Farnsworth first found inspiration that led to the invention of the electric television; and he paid tribute to the North Carolina highway where legendary African-American heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson died in a car crash.
Walk the city in the Big Parade.
Sometimes the best kind of travel is exploring a city you think you already know. That’s exactly what writer Dan Koeppel discovered when he started climbing the hundreds of public stairways dotting the city of Los Angeles. Since 2004 Koeppel has turned his pastime into a citywide event, leading an annual walk (40 miles over a two-day period) called the Big Parade. During the urban trek, he regales participants with stories about local neighborhoods, takes them on ignored routes (like the walkway along the Pasadena Freeway), and dishes on often overlooked historic sites. Angelinos are dusting off their walking shoes for this year’s Big Parade, taking place May 18 and 19.
Off the coast of Brazil, in one of the earth’s least explored waters, geologists have made an intriguing find.
Geologists are not generally all that excitable. After all, developments in their field generally take place over millions of years. But when scientists began scouring the Atlantic off southeast Brazil in 2011, they suspected that they were on to something—
and something very big, at that.
A three-person submarine named Shinkai. (Brazilian Geological Service)
Two years—and half a dozen deep-sea expeditions later—the geological world is abuzz. Brazilian marine geologists are poring over the rubble dredged up from the undersea excavations in the so-called Rio Grande Elevation, and the research done by a Japanese exploration vessel, which deployed a mini, three-man submarine to comb the same waters before sailing on to Rio.
So what did the rubble reveal?
A boutique hotel offers an escape from the din of the Las Vegas Strip.
YOU’VE HEARD of his black cod with miso that’ll make your eyes roll back into your head. Now Nobu Matsuhisa—the culinary legend who brought Japanese-Peruvian fusion to a well-heeled crowd with 25 restaurants around the world—is entering the hotelier game. Las Vegas’s newest destination, the Nobu Hotel, is nestled inside Caesars Palace just steps away from a sleek, inviting new Nobu restaurant.
Las Vegas at night. (Brian Finke/Gallery Stock)
A chef’s hotel? It’s not as odd as it sounds. Like everything else found in Sin City, this is 100 percent natural.
Longtime Nobu restaurant partners Robert De Niro and film producer Meir Teper teamed up with the chef to develop Nobu Hotel in what was previously Caesars Palace’s Centurion tower. The hotel’s soft launch was in February, but its lavish Vegas-style grand opening party was thrown at the end of April. The entrance is so discreet, set a few steps below Nobu Way, that people not aware of its existence (and this included many guests staying in regular ol’ Caesars when I visited in early April) would be surprised to discover Japanese minimalism inside opulent ancient Roman environs.
Apparently Americans want to break out of their cubicles and get adventurous more than most. In an effort to promote tourism, Australia launched its 'Best Jobs in the World' competition offering winners a variety of experiences including Taste Master in Australian wine country and Wildlife Caretaker. Out of the 150 selected from over 45,000 videos, 33 are American. "This is the ultimate opportunity for any aspiring adventurer, and never has the need to understand and share the global experience been more important” said Joshua Garcia, a NYC local and one of a handful of finalists. The lucky winners will be announced on June 21.
As hearings this week revealed lax FAA oversight of the lithium-ion batteries on Boeing’s troubled 787 airline, competitors say there’s no way they’d use the still-unproven technology.
Years after Boeing committed to using lithium-ion batteries in its 787 Dreamliner, other airplane makers developing advanced new jets have rejected the technology as too risky. As Boeing executives found themselves on the defensive this week at a National Transportation Board inquiry into their choice of batteries, it has become clear that other planemakers are not surprised that the lithium-ion batteries had problems serious enough to cause the grounding of the entire 787 fleet for more than three months.
John DeLisi, director of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Office of Aviation Safety, attends a news conference on an investigation into the January 7 fire that occurred on a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 at Logan International Airport in Boston, in Washington on February 7, 2013. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters, via Landov )
A whole batch of new airplanes that will be flying soon have rejected lithium-ion batteries in favor of the older and well proven nickel-cadmium technology. These include the 787’s direct competitor, the Airbus A350, which will be making its first flight this summer. (Airbus initially chose lithium-ion batteries but dropped them when Boeing’s problems became clear.) Two other new passenger jets, the 110-130 seat Bombardier C-series, made in Canada, and the 90-seat Japanese Mitsubishi Regional Jet, have also gone with the older, safer option.
“We looked at the technology and decided that lithium-ion batteries were not ready, not stable enough, to be used on our airplane,” Bombardier spokesman Marc Duchesne told The Daily Beast. Mitsubishi president Teruaki Kawai told The New York Times that he regarded lithium-ion batteries as “Too dangerous. The technology isn’t mature enough for a plane like ours.”
After protests against the new allowance.
Don't put those pocket knifes back in your carry-on bag quite yet. After protests from flight attendances, air marshals, and politicians alike, the Transportation Security Administration is postponing a new plan to allow small knifes and sporting goods on board. TSA told Wired that they are waiting to consider feedback before making a decision. The rule was originally intended to "allow transportation security officers to better focus their efforts on finding higher threat items such as explosives."
Travel writer Sara Wheeler, famous for her stories of polar expeditions, returns home to her city: Bristol.
Growing up in a port, you look outward. The low elephant grief of ships’ horns was the soundtrack of my Bristolian childhood. We were proud of our seafaring roots: my parents named my brother Mathew after the ship in which John Cabot sailed away from our city to discover the North American mainland (or so it was said: we weren’t having any of that Viking explorer nonsense).
Saxon settlers founded Bristol 1,000 years ago on the banks of the Avon in the southwest of England, although Romans had been there before them, as today’s arrow-straight roads reveal. The modern city is a riot of stone, unlike London, which is brick built. On either side of the gleaming cobbles of King Street, half-timber Tudor trows (inns) shoulder up to multistory car parks, the kind of historical overlap typical of this most organic of urban centers. On the elegant 19th-century streets of the Clifton neighborhood, neoclassical mansions exude the confidence of mercantile wealth built on sugar and slavery, as do the names of the streets—Whiteladies Road, Blackboy Hill—while around the Hotwells Spa, where slavers’ wives once enjoyed the waters, developers have moved in to renovate the Georgian townhouses.
If a single image represents Bristol, it is the Clifton Suspension Bridge, a soaring half hoop spanning the Avon. Initially funded by a wine merchant (a nice Bristolian touch, that), the bridge was eventually designed by a 24-year-old named Isambard Kingdom Brunel. All he wanted to do was build a bridge that held up, but in the process Brunel created a piece of beauty to rival the Pont Neuf. Incidentally, the tidal range of the Avon—a whopping 43 feet, the second highest in the world—meant that when ships were grounded at low tide, the crew were obliged to tie every last thing down, hence the still-current expression “shipshape and Bristol fashion.”
He’s a photographer who was lucky to grow up during Australia’s surf revolution. The pioneer talks to Josh Dzieza about his new book.
Kara Cutruzzula combs the beaches—and blackjack tables—of Puerto Rico for the meaning of ‘vacation.’
In ‘Mapping Manhattan,’ explore the city via 75 New Yorkers’ personal geographies. By Allison McNearney.
Travel writer Sara Wheeler, famous for her stories of polar expeditions, returns home to her city: Bristol.
Need to plan your next grand adventure? From Burma to Cuba, 12 places to see this year. By Nina Strochlic.