Next City

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Next City
CategoriesUrban planning
Year founded2003
Final issue2012
CompanyNext City, Inc.
CountryUnited States
Based inPhiladelphia
WebsiteNext City

Next City is a national urban affairs magazine and non-profit organization based in Philadelphia.

First published in March 2003 as a magazine known as The Next American City, Next City promotes socially, economically and environmentally sustainable practices in urban areas across the country and examines how and why cities are changing. It covers topics such as planning, transportation, urban economies, housing and environmental issues.


The magazine, originally named The Next American City, was founded in late 2002 by former college classmates Seth Brown, Adam Gordon, and Anika Singh Lemar.[1] The first issue was distributed in spring of 2003, receiving favorable coverage in The New York Times,[2] and The Baltimore Sun,[3] among others. First based in New Haven, Connecticut, and later moving to its current hometown of Philadelphia, NAC operated as a quarterly print product for eight years. Its title was shortened to Next American City in 2008.

Beginning in 2008, editor and publisher Diana Lind expanded Next City's events series to incorporate an annual leadership summit called "Vanguard"[4] and its new media conference "Open Cities: New Media's Role in Shaping Urban Policy."[5] The magazine's exposure widened beyond urban policy circles, with coverage in Monocle,[6] PAPER magazine[7] and elsewhere.

The final print issue of Next American City ran in the summer of 2011. In April 2012, the publication was renamed Next City and moved entirely online to a subscriber-based weekly web series that publishes one new, original, long-form article every Monday, with occasional pieces issued in print, such as their "The 19 Best Solutions of 2019".[8][9]


  • Winner, Best Association / Nonprofit Website, Folio: Eddie Award, 2009[10]
  • Nominee, Best Social/Cultural Coverage, Utne Reader, 2009 [11]
  • Winner, Best Redesign, Folio: Ozzie Award, 2008[12]
  • Nominee, Best Social/Cultural Coverage, Utne Reader, 2007[13]


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  2. ^ O'Grady, Jim (March 9, 2003). "Urban Tactics; Enchanted by Cities". The New York Times. Retrieved November 17, 2010.
  3. ^ Siegel, Eric (January 9, 2003). "Young urbanites launch journal". The Baltimore Sun. Archived from the original on January 15, 2017. Retrieved November 17, 2010.
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  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-03-28. Retrieved 2010-03-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  9. ^ A letter to subscribers
  10. ^ FOLIO: Staff. "2009 Eddie Award Winners - @". Retrieved 2013-10-08.
  11. ^ "Utne Independent Press Awards Nominees 2009". Retrieved 2013-10-08.
  12. ^ FOLIO: Staff. "2008 Ozzie Awards Winners - Editorial @". Retrieved 2013-10-08.
  13. ^ "TNAC nominated for Best Social/Cultural Coverage by Utne! – Next City". Retrieved 2013-10-08.

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