| March / April 2004

How dogs -- yes, Fido and Blackie! -- can improve life in America's neighborhoods

Cities have long been viewed as either glamorous or depraved -- but in both cases as places quite unsuited for most American households. A new movement has challenged this myth head-on, proving in neighborhoods across this continent that all kinds of people can feel at home in the city -- including families with kids. Now the next step for urban revitalization activists is to make our cities better places for pets and the people who love them. -- The Editors

Between leisurely café lunches washed down with bottles of wine and weekend trips to the sun-dappled Côte d'Azur, Parisians, it's clear, have an inside track on living la belle vie. But who knew French dogs had it so good?