New Orleans

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Keeping the Legacy of New Orleans' Lesbian Bars Alive

The spaces have all shuttered, but an oral history project is creating a new community through retelling stories from the 1980s bar scene.

Claire Nelson

A Real-Life Forum for Real Urban Issues

Urban Consulate aims to encourage uncomfortable—and inspiring—conversations in Detroit, Philly, and NOLA.

National Geodetic Survey

Before-and-After Images of Louisiana's Flooded Communities

These dismal scenes were recorded by a NOAA aircraft doing disaster surveys.

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Rethinking the Bus Shelter

In a handful of cities, citizen urbanists are crowdfunding projects to make these overlooked stops much more engaging.


What U.S. Cities Are at Risk of Getting the Zika Virus?

A vast tract of land from New York to L.A. has summertime conditions ideal for virus-carrying mosquitoes.

AP Photo/Bill Haber

New Orleans Adopts a Bias-Free Immigrant Policing Policy

Advocates see the plan, which forbids police officers from racial profiling, as “one of the best in the country.”

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The Startup That's Restoring Louisiana's Coast

Two scientists believe their method of planting cypress and tupelo trees—in special rodent-resistant pods—can revive the region’s disappearing marshes.


6 City Instagram Accounts to Follow

These feeds offer a cleverly curated peek into cities around the world.

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A Hidden Drawback of School Reform in New Orleans: Less Money for Transit

The city’s move to charter schools has severed pre-Katrina bus partnerships that increased revenue and service.

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A Troubling Review of Public Transit in New Orleans Since Katrina

Despite some recent progress, the city has prioritized streetcars to the detriment of bus service, according to a new report.

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When Parolees Spread Out, Recidivism Goes Down

The new findings suggest that place-based policy interventions deserve a closer look.

Flickr/Bart Everson

3 Cities Using Open Data in Creative Ways to Solve Problems

On the heels of Bloomberg's $42 million open data initiative, here's a few programs already boosting civic reform.

Is Your Neighborhood Healthy for Children?

A new interactive tool rates neighborhoods on the "Child Opportunity Index"—a quality-of-life scale for young residents.


Louisiana's Threatened Coast Is Growing Patches of New Land

Is this an encouraging sign in the fight against rising sea levels?

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She Tried Commuting to Work by Streetcar. It Took as Long as Walking.

A casual experiment in Atlanta doesn't help dissuade "tourist trolley" fears.

New Orleans Residents Post Homemade Signs Warning Pedestrians Not to Walk Alone

A perceived uptick in violent crime has the French Quarter begging for more police.

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Chicago Has More 'Avenues,' While San Francisco Prefers 'Terraces'

An analysis of roadway suffixes in six major U.S. cities reveals differences rooted in history.

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Standing Up for the Vietnamese Community of New Orleans

Minh Nguyen campaigned for environmental justice in his community after Katrina. In the years since, he and his group VAYLA have expanded their mission.