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When it Comes to Parks, it's Not Just How Many, But Where

A crowdsourced map hopes to help cities identify and address so-called play deserts.

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This Week in Bans: Florida City Outlaws Scary Ex-Employee

Also, a U.K. town takes care of a snowball-throwing teenager, and California cities ban mobile billboards and force medical-marijuana growers indoors.

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Cockfighting in Philadelphia: 200-Plus Years of Feathery Mayhem

Truly, this is a city that loves to watch winged animals duel to their bloody deaths.

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This Week in Bans: Belarus Kills Off 'Jesus Christ Superstar'

Also recently banned in cities around the world: yobbos terrorizing a London suburb, "cruel" live-chicken art and the public roasting of whole cows in Phnom Penh.

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This Week in Bans: 'Pornographic' Songs Outlawed in Indonesian Cities

Scandalous songs like "Sorry I Got You Pregnant" are banned from radio in Jakarta. Also, a British town restricts sidewalk solicitors; Fruita, Colo., drops its "WTF" tourist campaign; a New York city tells frackers to get drilled.

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Can Hong Kong Solve its Garbage Crisis?

The cramped city-state is only years away from running out of landfill space.

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Ignoring Canada’s Minorities in Police Statistics

A new study finds that a majority of police agencies don’t track race in immigrant-rich country.

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How Istanbul Became One of Europe's Safest Cities

The city's unique policing system is deeply rooted in its history.

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The 5 U.S. Cities With the Worst Gang Violence

The nature of gang-related homicides varies widely depending on where you live.

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Outbreak Watch: Erin Brockovich Investigates Mysterious Student Illness in Upstate New York

Students in Le Roy, New York, are beset by an unexplained storm of tics and verbal outbursts.

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Are Cities Right to Criminalize Public Spitting?

A man in Daytona Beach, Fla., was recently taken to jail for spitting on the street. This is a good thing

Why Do Cow Brains Keep Getting Seized at the Cairo Airport?

International smugglers have tried to bring cow brains into Egypt four times in the past two weeks

Los Angeles, Then and Now (1894-2011)

A look back at how far downtown L.A. has come since the turn of the 20th century

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The Challenge of Replacing Organized Crime with Governance

Governments are struggling to move into gang-dominated slums in the cities of Latin America

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Solving the Public Poop Problem

San Francisco considers a plan for cheap public toilets that compost

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The Problem With City Crime Rankings

Lists of the most dangerous cities don't actually tell us anything about those cities

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Parkour Is Not a Crime (Except When It Is)

Florida communities move to ban the urban sport

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Why I'm Still Proud of Davis

A town where cops callously pepper-spray students is not the city I know and love

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L.A. Opens Up its School Yards

A pilot program allows joint use of school playgrounds by communities in park-poor areas