Politics

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America's Booming Pay-to-Stay Visa Program Still Has Tons of Room to Grow

A once-obscure program that provides permanent resident status in exchange for foreign investment in troubled places is starting to pay dividends in some U.S. cities.

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Explaining the Pull of the World's 'Unruly Places'

Alastair Bonnett on the intersection of place, identity, and imagination.  

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Citizen Journalists Are Live-Mapping the Crisis in Ukraine

An interactive website offers real-time context for the escalating conflict.

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Meet New York City's 'Gay Health Warrior'

An infectious-disease physician hangs up his lab coat to bring HIV screening to Manhattan’s gay nightlife.

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The Poor Will Always Be With Us. But Where Will We Let Them Live?

The "poor door" controversy on Manhattan's Upper West Side is only the most outlandish example of New York's uphill battle on affordable housing. 

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Putting Gaza in Focus—From Space

An astronaut aboard the ISS takes a photograph capturing the violence raging on one part of Earth.

U.S. Army photo by Spc. William E. Henry, Indiana National Guard

What Will the U.S. National Guard Actually Do at the Texas-Mexico Border?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has dispatched 1,000 troops to help address the child-migrant crisis at the border. But will they interfere with systems already in place?

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Singapore's Early Morning Free Transit Program Has Been a Huge Success

Encouraging commuters to leave earlier has made for less crowded trains during the peak.

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Imagining the Gaza Invasion in Major U.S. Cities Through Maps

There are 1.8 million people in Gaza. What would that look like in your city?

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Why Are Europeans 'Bad English Shaming' Their Politicians?

English has become the lingua franca of Europe. And politicians who can't speak it well are getting roundly mocked by their own citizens.

A Chinese City Has Been Quarantined After Reports of Plague

The Black Death is back. In China. Right now. 

Courtesy the Government of the State of Ceará

Why the U.S. Is Building a Fantastical Aquarium in Brazil

An exotic new aquarium under construction in Brazil is a lightning rod on two continents—and the latest test of the theory that where weird designs go, new cities follow.

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The Forgotten History of L.A.'s Failed Freeway Revolt

The story of Boyle Heights reminds us that urban highway teardowns don't always end in victory.

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The Remote Warehouse Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government repository reveals a global industry of plant and animal trafficking.

Mark Byrnes

Saving Sam the Record Man's Giant Spinning Discs

A huge flashing sign from a shuttered record store in Toronto gets a new home after a lengthy preservation battle.

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Restaurants Really Can Determine the Fate of Cities and Neighborhoods

A new survey shows how much food influences the vibrance of urban centers. 

Sarah Goodyear

In Defense of Urban Wild Space in Miami

A Walmart and a Chick-fil-A could replace some of the last remaining pine rocklands in the world. 

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A Detroit Suburb Attempts to Sneakily Gate Itself Off

Grosse Pointe Park has put up a massive barn at its city limits—and its not the first structure that blocks a route through the border.

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Quinoa Isn't the Only Ancient Crop Swept Up by the Western Gluten-Free Craze

Teff, fonio, and amaranth may be the supergrains of the future.