Politics

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What If the Last Bookstore Closes?

A fight to keep a Barnes & Noble alive in the Bronx points to the necessity of real bookstores—and to the struggle for the borough to get one in the first place.

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Could a New Award for Urban Innovation Change What Cities Aim to Be?

Guangzhou, China, is a model of how a leading commercial hub can also pioneer on the knowledge front of 21st-century urbanism—and now it's challenging cities worldwide to do the same.

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Worried About Climate Change, South Florida Wants Statehood

Money and politics have divided Florida for decades, but the rising sea level has finally prodded the south into action.

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The Evidence of a Struggle

A leaked autopsy report appears to support claims that there was a fight inside Officer Darren Wilson's car.

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Oakland Can Now Order Landlords to Evict Sex Workers

A revised city ordinance claims to protect tenants from "nuisance" and crime. But it opens a suspiciously short and strategic path to evicting sex workers with little evidence, notice, or recourse.  

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Treating Fido Like Family in China

Mary Peng advocates for the welfare of the rapidly growing number of "companion animals" in Chinese cities.

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As Asian Cities Grow, so Do Public Health Concerns

Smoking, junk food, and and alcohol use are wreaking havoc among poor migrants in Asian capitals.

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What If America Had Canada's Healthcare System?

It would not be a socialist paradise. At least, not entirely.

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Back to School: A Former Minneapolis Mayor Teaches 'Mayor 101'

Devout urbanist R.T. Rybak thinks his students can be better mayors and city planners than he was.

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'I Am Darren Wilson': St. Louis and the Geography of Fear

Who are the Wilson supporters?

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Hong Kong Protesters Finally Sit Down With Government Reps—and Nobody is Satisfied

Political leaders seemed to admit that they are relatively powerless.

Anthony Flint

Why Is Italy's 'National Mall' so Unwelcoming?

Caserta's La Reggia palace and grounds could bring new energy and a sense of ownership to citizens of a tourist destination—if only it wasn't so hard to get in.

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The Hong Kong Protesters Who Won't Negotiate

Violence erupted this weekend in densely packed Mong Kok, where a lack of leadership complicates efforts at a resolution.

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When Streets Aren't Safe for Children: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

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The Social and Economic Impact of Ebolaphobia

Our cities lose when we demonize one of our most educated and skilled immigrant communities.

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Remembering the London Beer Flood

On this day 200 years ago, a crowd of unlucky Londoners learned the hard way that there's no such thing as a free drink.

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The First Step to Success? Being Heard

For 15 years, one organization has improved outcomes for Baltimore youth with a surprising tool: the debate team.

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A Coal Worker's Life—With a Lot Less Coal

A photo essay of life along the King Coal Highway shows the struggling, post-mining towns of southern West Virginia.

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A Chat with Amtrak's CEO on the State of U.S. Passenger Rail

Joseph Boardman on federal funding, long-distance routes, and operating "as a business."