Amy Crawford, Smithsonian Magazine

Amy Crawford

Smithsonian Magazine

Ann Arbor, MI, United States

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Past:
  • Smithsonian Magazine
  • The Boston Globe
  • Slate
  • CityLab

Past articles by Amy:

Françoise Gilot Was More Than Picasso's Muse

The artist famously inspired the Cubist, but a new book shows that her own paintings deserve renown → Read More

A New Appreciation for Artist Joan Mitchell

Joan Mitchell (1925-1992) was a star of the Abstract Expressionist movement, a peer of Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. But she was also an athlete—a champion figure skater—and that athleticism translated to her art. → Read More

Do-it-yourself education is on the rise

The number of homeschooled children is growing. Will that inspire innovations in traditional schools — or undermine their communal purpose? → Read More

Is the Artwork of Sophie Taeuber-Arp Still Avant-Garde?

Decades after she painted this canvas, a new show reconsiders a misunderstood Swiss artist → Read More

The Way a City Handles Snow Says Everything About How It Treats Pedestrians

When streets and sidewalks need clearing, cars' needs always come first. → Read More

The Detroit Suburb Where 'Density' Is No Longer a Bad Word

A political shift in Oakland County, Michigan, brings a new county executive, David Coulter, and a different outlook on regional transit. → Read More

Though ubiquitous, toilets aren’t available to everyone, and that should change

Access to toilets is not just a problem in the developing world, but also right here in the US. Some activists are working to create restroom access for all, but it turns out the problem is not so simple to solve. → Read More

Why Spain Is Seeking to Catalog All of Its Historic Shipwrecks

A deep dive into the archives yields hundreds of long-forgotten journeys → Read More

Boxes, pouches, cartons, and envelopes — oh my!

How do we balance the quick and easy fulfillment of our needs and desires against what’s good for the planet? → Read More

If GM Shuts Down This Plant, Can the Community it Destroyed Come Back?

The 33-year-old GM Detroit-Hamtramck plant was renovated less than five years ago. But now that it’s shutting down, some residents are hoping to right a wrong. → Read More

Little vehicles, big decisions

The law is about to catch up to electric scooters. → Read More

Why is history always about humans?

Humans are just one of many animals sharing the fate of a finite Earth, and what we do — and have done — to animals has broad implications for our future. → Read More

Can Detroit's Suburbs Survive a Downtown Revival?

The city is experiencing a sustained real estate boom, poaching employers—even pro sports teams—from surrounding municipalities. Places like Southfield, Pontiac, and Dearborn will have to find ways to keep up. → Read More

Urban Farms Could Yield Up to 10 Percent of Many of the World's Crops

A global analysis finds that urban agriculture could yield up to 10 percent of many food crops, plus a host of positive side benefits. → Read More

What Will Become of Victor Gruen's Northland Center?

Victor Gruen’s Northland Center set suburban architectural standards for half a century. Now, partially demolished, its next life is up in the air. → Read More

Opponents Ask Stores to Can the Canned Music

This holiday season, groups in Michigan and the UK are asking for fewer jingle bells, more silent nights in public spaces. → Read More

Retirement is now one-third of adult life. Time to rethink the golden years

“People get real tired of doing nothing but golf.” → Read More

Cities Can't Decide Whether to Offer You a Seat

Cities are removing benches in an effort to counter vagrancy and crime—at the same time that they’re adding them to make the public realm more age-friendly. → Read More

Jean-Michel Basquiat's Artwork Is Appreciated Now More Than Ever

Decades later, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s complex works are increasingly prescient—and valuable → Read More

Why everyone should know how much you earn

Americans don’t like to disclose their salaries, but transparency is the answer to pay disparities. → Read More