Politics

The Texas Legislature's Last-Minute Stealth Move to Block High-Speed Rail

Whether or not the budget rider will survive remains to be seen.

Why Congress Can't Solve America's Infrastructure Crisis

Lawmakers can’t agree on how to pay for the Highway Trust Fund for the remainder of the year, let alone for the next decade.

To Fix Baltimore, Start With the Kids

Mental health resources, affordable child care, and better police relations would go a long way toward improving the lives of disadvantaged youths.

The Definition of a Game-Changer: L.A.'s $15 Minimum Wage

Tuesday’s vote sets the bar for wage standards in the biggest U.S. cities.

Why Fit Cities Aren't Enough

The annual ranking of fittest cities doesn’t address important inequalities.

How Cities and Counties Are Taking the Lead on Child Care

Absent federal action, local jurisdictions are increasingly looking for ways to help working parents.

Mega-Events Are a Disease

Seven reasons they’re so terrible for cities.

Videos

'The Last Black Man in San Francisco' Searches for Home in a Fast-Changing City

Now fundraising on Kickstarter, a film by two S.F. natives will grapple with race, class, displacement, and the importance of friendship.

Apparently, Young People Are Moving to Brooklyn: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

Berkeley Goes All 'Berkeley' With Cell Phone Warnings

The city wants retailers to caution consumers about RF radiation.

Mapping New York's Irrepressible Gay Nightlife

The interactive project OUTgoing aims to map the history of New York City’s queer bars.

How #BlackLivesMatter Is Changing the Philadelphia Mayor's Race

One Democratic candidate has switched up his rhetoric on criminal justice reform entirely, but voters don’t appear to be buying it.

Debunking the Myth That Only Drivers Pay for Roads

Landing on the moon was still a wild dream the last time gas taxes paid nearly the full cost of our roads.

Vienna Debuts Same-Sex Crossing Signals

The lonesome guy in the “WALK” light has a buddy.

Chicago Gets the Obama Presidential Library, But at What Cultural Cost?

The city’s South Side needs the jobs, money, and foot traffic the library may bring. But not at the expense of its vibrant historic parks.

Berlin's Increasingly Unhappy Relationship With Marijuana

The discovery of 700 marijuana plants is just the latest in an ongoing saga in and around Kreuzberg’s Görlitzer Park.

Congress Isn't Raising the Gas Tax, But These States Are

The federal Highway Trust Fund is running dry, but raising the federal 18.4-cent-per-gallon gas tax is a political nonstarter.

The Danger of the Left Turn Lane: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

Videos

Technicolor Footage of Berlin, Two Months After the End of World War II

On the 70th anniversary of VE Day, a remarkable film shows Berliners cleaning up a city in ruin.