Author and Journalist, Washington, DC
Amanda Kolson Hurley is an American journalist specializing in architecture and urban issues. Her book Radical Suburbs, on progressive and utopian suburban communities of the 19th and 20th centuries, was released in April 2019. Hurley is currently an editor at CityLab, the online urban-affairs publication of The Atlantic. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The American Scholar, Places, and many other publications. In 2017, she won the American Institute of Architects’ Conroy Prize for architectural writing. She lives in the suburb of Silver Spring, Maryland, near Washington, D.C.
Radical suburbs and the freedom of the margins
American suburbs are usually associated with conservative norms. But through U.S. history, the urban fringes have supported communities – led by dissenters, utopians, and reformers – that challenge rather than reinforce the status quo. This tradition contests widely held assumptions about “suburban values.” In this paper, I will describe two unusual suburbs of the early […]