Andrew Sharp


Was there ever a truly natural city? The Byzantines thought so.

The Greeks believed humans could only achieve their full potential in the context of a city and perhaps no city built by Greeks aspired to this goal more enthusiastically than Constantinople. As a truly natural city, could this former Byzantine capital serve as a paradigm for sustainable urbanization and green growth in cities today?

Faith in the City: Part III, City Soul—An Interview with Cardus' Milton Friesen

Religious institutions in their varied forms are to the social fabric of cities what swamps and bogs are to the ecological landscape. Cities that are serious about attending to the various social challenges in their communities cannot afford to be snobbish about a scarce resource.

What are the Challenges of the City today?

The Urbanization Project recently brought together urban policy scholar Richard Florida, economist Paul Romer, and sociologist Robert Sampson for a panel on "The Challenge of the City" in which they addressed the challenges and potential for cities in the next hundred years.

Globalization and Urban Pollution

Who is to blame when a citizen sues his own city over air pollution? According to Reuters, we will soon find out in China.

Faith in the City: Part II, Will the New Urban Evangelical Change Cities?

Will the new urban evangelical movement make a lasting impact on cities? The real test will be in whether evangelicals consistently partner with Christians across the traditions who, unlike many evangelicals, stayed in the inner city and consistently maintained ministries to the urban poor.

Faith in the City: Part I, The Evangelicals are Coming!

There is a movement afoot among evangelical Christians that may not only surprise you but might also signal one of the biggest shifts in their orientation for at least a generation. Evangelicals are coming back to the city.

Can Richmond heal its past to become a thriving city? An interview with Julian Hayter

An interview with Julian Hayter about what makes Richmond, Virginia a thriving city and how its history continues to be its greatest challenge and treasure.