Politics

And Here's Your CityLab Editor Doing the Ice Bucket Challenge

Brrrrrrrr. 

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How to Save America's Crumbling Bridges While Congress Gets Its Funding Act Together

Infrastructure sensors can detect safety hazards, improve traffic flows, and even help generate revenue.

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Is Japan's Love of Pachinko Fading?

The semi-legal game faces potential regulation, and parlor operators may have to compete with new casino resorts.

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Should Cops Have to Live Where They Work?

The question of whether police officers should live in the communities they patrol has a long and contentious history.

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What Paul Ryan Won't Say About Ferguson

The House Republican wants to lead on poverty and change, but he can't lead on the changes that Ferguson needs.

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What Underwater Canyons Can Teach Us About the Future of Urbanism

New measures to protect deep-sea ecosystems show a new "blue" approach to urban planning.

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Cash, Shopping, and Free Dim Sum Brought Pro-Beijing Protestors to Hong Kong

 Hong Kong's silent democratic opposition has finally spoken up. Or has it?

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Las Vegas Finally Antes Up for a Real Public Transit Network

The city has commissioned a plan to expand mobility options on the Strip.

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Lessons From NYC's TB Outbreak Could Help Manage Ebola

30 years ago, tuberculosis ripped through New York City's low-income neighborhoods. The experience could translate to Lagos, Nigeria, as it struggles to battle Ebola.

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How the U.N. Is Grappling With the Role of Cities in Sustainable Development

Cities are home to a majority of the human race for the first time in history. But finding a place for them in the U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goals for the next 15 years has proven surprisingly controversial. 

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China Tells Citizens to Bike, Walk, and Snitch in the 'United Struggle' to Breathe Easier

If your neighbors barbecue frequently, the Politburo would like to know.

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The Pentagon Gave the Ferguson Police Department Military-Grade Weapons

The department is part of a federal program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars of surplus military equipment to civilian police forces across the U.S. 

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How Michael Brown's Death Carries Echoes of St. Louis' Racially Charged Past

The shooting of the unarmed 18-year-old by police on Saturday is part of a long history of violence toward African Americans in the Midwestern city.

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Why Hong Kong's Voting Rights Could Be in Danger

Back under Chinese rule, Hong Kong activists are turning to Britain for help as the treaty that ensured their suffrage is revealed to be largely ignorable.

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Where Private School Enrollment Is Highest and Lowest Across the U.S.

Nationally, only 10 percent of grade school kids attend private schools, but in some neighborhoods, it's the majority of children. 

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Why Can't the United States Build a High-Speed Rail System?

The problem isn't geography, demographics, or money—it's federal will.

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Braving the New World of Performance-Based Zoning

Conventional zoning is an outdated barrier against good urbanism, but there's disagreement on the best way forward.

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What a Train Trip From L.A. to S.F. Can Teach Us About California's High-Speed Rail Future

The state is as likely a place as any to see the future of rail unfold.

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How U.S. College Rankings Haven't Changed Over the Past Century

Elite institutions have remained that way for more than 100 years for a reason.