Visalia’s Vision for a Big, Bold, Beautiful Catholic Church

In a State Obsessed With Shortages and Setbacks, the Central Valley Sees a Future Full of Growth

It’s Christmas, and there’s no room at any of your town’s existing inns. You can’t open additional inns because you’re already running short of innkeepers. What to do?

People in Visalia—who have a spirit rare in any season—might suggest building a bigger inn.

This is a Christmas story about the groundbreaking of a 21st-century California church. It’s also an example of how we could think more productively about the twin challenges of shortage and abundance—and of how the biggest things may fit best in our smallest places.

By 2021, Visalia, a city of …

‘Visalia Times-Delta’ Editor James Ward

To Be a Fly on Orson Welles’ Wall

James Ward is an editor at the Visalia Times-Delta in California’s Central Valley, where he oversees sports, lifestyles, and arts & entertainment coverage. Before moderating a panel on the role …

Visalia Opera Founder Rosalinda Verde

She Likes Singing in Empty Theaters and Indulging in a Good Steak

Rosalinda Verde is the founder of Visalia Opera. Before participating in a panel on the role the arts play in building communities, Verde talked about mariachi, rock, and opera–as well …

Visalia Can Help You with Your Zombie Opera

This Central Valley City Supports the Arts—and Reaps Their Cultural and Economic Benefits, Too

Can the arts make a city vibrant both economically and culturally? Artists and arts administrators in Visalia, California, think so. At a “Living the Arts” event co-presented by the James …