Atlanta

Why Has No Sitting Mayor Ever Become President of the United States?

A few have tried, but none have succeeded.

Outside of Your Staff, Who Do You Listen to the Most?

Mayors explain how friends and associates quickly become crucial advisers.

Why Some Expensive Cities May Be More Affordable Than We Think

A different way of measuring what we spend on housing.

Who Runs Your Twitter Feed?

When it comes to social media at the municipal level, not everyone is a Cory Booker.

The Atlanta Braves Are Getting a New Stadium and Yes, That Is Ridiculous

Turner Field hosted its first baseball game in 1997. It will host its last one in 2016.

What's the First Thing You Do When You Arrive at City Hall Each Day?

You asked. Mayors answered.

How States Rejecting the Medicaid Expansion Sabotaged Their Biggest Cities

Major urban areas are magnets for the uninsured, and the state politicians who turned down the Medicaid expansion are not the ones who will pay to treat them.

The Inevitable Death of All Music Scenes

NYC's art-punk golden age, Chapel Hill's indie-rock community, and Memphis's Stax Records all declined in about the same way: The underdogs became the establishment.

The Problem With Defining 'Downtown'

And counting all of the people (and jobs) who have supposedly moved there.

Have We Reached Peak Sprawl?

What Atlanta's shifting real estate landscape might mean for the future of the country.

This Bizarre 1980s Atlanta Promo Video Celebrates ... Highways and Office Parks

It offers up strange collection of "urban amenities," including shopping malls, and "futuristic" buildings.

Book Lovers Will Adore These Neat New Maps

Two ways to chart the connection between reading and place.

When Renters Invade the Cul-de-Sac

A menace coming to a nice community near you.

The Unsteady Rise of Minority Civil Servants

Where public payrolls still don't reflect the local population.

A Child in Seattle Has a Much Better Chance of Escaping Poverty Than a Child in Atlanta

A vast new national study showing how income mobility dramatically varies by city.

Where You Don't Have to Feel Bad If You're a 40-Year-Old Renter

Even with a family.

And the Cities That Brew the Best Beer in America Are...

Results from the 2013 U.S. Open Beer Championship suggest that Wisconsin is totally killing it, suds-wise.

Nearly Half of All American AIDS Cases Are Found in Just 12 Metropolitan Areas

The HIV scourge continues to disproportionately affect poor urban areas.

Why Are HOT Lanes Struggling to Make Money?

Broadly speaking, the answer comes down to poor planning and a commuter learning curve.