Washington, DC

Code Enforcement Goes High-Tech

CityScan uses street-mapping technology and public records to find hidden violations.

Mapping the Relationship Between Income and Rent

"Rich blocks, poor blocks."

The Story of Snowquester, as Told By Twitter

The storm that kind of wasn't.

An Imprecise Geography of Obnoxious Snowstorm Nicknames

From Snowpocalypse to Snowquester.

How D.C.'s Public Schools Are Wooing New Families

Enrollment is way up, thanks in a large part to charters. But can the city build on the success?

Why Are There No Big Cities with Municipal Broadband Networks?

Publicly owned Internet infrastructure is luring jobs to smaller towns. Should big cities follow their lead?

Stupid New Trend of the Day: 'Gallon Smashing'

Go into a grocery store. Pretend to fall down while carrying two gallons of milk. Post on the Internet.

What's at Stake in the Voting Rights Act Case

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments challenging the Voting Rights Act of 1968, civil rights advocates are rising to support the anti-discriminatory law. But why?

Early Fruits of International Open Data Day 2013

Projects from Vancouver to Washington to Kathmandu.

Washington, D.C. Unveils an Ambitious New Sustainability Plan

Proposals seek to halve the city's greenhouse gas emissions, boost walkability, and cut the obesity rate.

The Problem With Police Line-Ups

False eyewitness identifications are the leading factor in wrongful convictions. Washington, D.C., wonders if it can fix that.

The End of the Neighborhood School

A spate of closings is leaving children without local education options.

The Rise and Fall of One of America's Most Innovative Hotel Chains

Statler grew up with America's cities.

How Flight Delays Spread From Airport to Airport Like a Disease

Air travel congestion can quickly spread from a few cities to a whole network.

This Name That Neighborhood Game Will Distract You All Afternoon

So you think you know your city?

Why Is the U.S. Capitol Still Burning Coal?

Also, a London neighbor fights against public gobbing and Sydney's wealthy whine about public-park weddings.

Are Food Trucks Worse for the Environment Than Storefronts?

It's not easy to compare them, but we're giving it a shot.

How to Build a Better Bike Lane (and Get More People Out on Bikes)

More and more city planners are seeing bike lanes as "a rational part of the mobility picture."

The Neighborhoods With the Most Single Ladies (and Men)

Just in time for Valentine's Day.