“Here’s a humble suggestion for 2018: in the likely event that it is difficult to keep track of worldly concerns amid a steady stream of game-changing news, now is the time to make a list of issues, policies, and other benchmarks to reference throughout the year. If you believe in the importance of issues like racial discrimination, housing prices, congestion, zoning codes, or public transit, 2018 promises to be full of significant developments, and every bit as difficult to keep track of the state of the world as it was in 2017.
“Noting some of the recurring themes I’ve noticed in the news over the last few years, and already picking up on the early developments of 2018, I’ve come up with my own list of narratives and projects I’ll be watching this year to make sense of the news. I’d also be happy to hear your ideas on other trends that you will be tracking this year. Add your comments to join the discussion.”