September/October 2005 Table of Contents

September/October
September/October 2005

Features

Portraits of Decline  
To overcome decades of neglect, Detroit needs all the help it can get.
Photographs by Camilo Vergara

The State of Utopia  
Portland, Ore., is still a model for the rest of the country. Some people would like to break it.
By James Conaway

In Defense of Open Space
How "focal points" and pavement are ruining America's parks.
Essay by Charles A. Birnbaum

Advancing Hope
For San Antonio educator Gloria Rodriguez and her nonprofit group, Avance, preservation is a critical tool in the fight against poverty.
By Christopher Swope

Departments

Reporter
Historic military bases set to close · World Monuments Fund watch list · Eminent domain and property rights · Yikes! in New Jersey · Who's News · Transitions

Place
Lost in the illusion of small-town America
By Sudip Bose

The Short Answer
Former baseball star and writer Jim Bouton considers the value of old baseball stadiums, including one that he has fought to save.

Traveler
A historic town in Idaho's panhandle offers a cultural look at two of the West's oldest professions.
By Dennis Drabelle

RetroActive
Wishing a happy 50th birthday to three mid-century architectural gems
By Amanda Kolson Hurley and Meghan Hogan

House Rules
While renovating his clifftop house in rural Idaho, an artist gains inspiration from the spirit of its designer, Frank Lloyd Wright.
By Rachel Adams

Books
A scholar illuminates the vanished culture of the night.
By William Howarth

The Back Page
Preservation takes a neighborhood to the next level.
By Dwight Young

Your Trust
Information for members and friends of the National Trust
Huge development threatens South Carolina's Ashley River corridor · President's Note · Trust rural initiative aids Martinsville, Va. · 11-Most list scores with media · Arnold Berke's NTHP