Politics

Can Architecture Unite a Divided Paris?

The curtain finally rises at the long-awaited, Jean Nouvel-designed venue—unfinished and with its architect protesting on opening night. Can it still fulfill high hopes?

Now Big-Time Celebrities Are Campaigning to 'Save' London's Soho Neighborhood

The city's famed arts-and-sleaze district is set for major redevelopment. But all the movie-star advocates and nostalgia in the world can't preserve what's already gone.

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The Faces of #BlackLivesMatter

Scenes from a recent protest in New York City.

This Ferguson Library Twitter Hashtag Just Might Make You Feel Better About the World

How an outpouring of financial support led to #Becauseofapubliclibrary.

How the War Against Polystyrene Foam Containers Is Being Won

The passage of New York City's new rule suggests resistance to single-use foam container bans is waning.

Questioning the Media's Narrative of Detroit: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

The Biggest Winner in the U.S. Olympic Bid? Worcester, Massachusetts

The case for New England's unloved second city and its supporting role in #Boston2024.

Videos

When Boston Was Desegregated, Yet Unequal

A short documentary about the legacy of Boston busing.

How Greece's Economic Crisis Produced an Emerging Civil Society in Athens

Hundreds of groups have sprung up to help their fellow citizens with everything from a cup of coffee to prescription drugs.

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'Je Suis Charlie' in Photos

Across Europe, people have taken to the streets in support of free speech after a deadly terrorist attack against France's most controversial satirical publication.

Why D.C. Better Hope It Wins the U.S. Olympic Bid

The city is already sticking itself with the worst downsides of hosting the games. At least this way, it would be forced to make crucial improvements.

The Connection Between Successful Cities and Inequality

New research shows that the largest U.S. cities would do well to focus on workers at the bottom of the economic ladder.

Meet the Man Trying to Fix L.A.'s Zoning

Tom Rothmann is charged with streamlining a crazy-quilt zoning code that dates back to 1946. It won't be easy.

Which U.S. Cities Are Banning Sledding?

It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt and sues, so some cities are nixing sleds on public land.

No More Winter 'Dibs' on Parking Spots

In Boston's South End, a debate over post-snow parking rights shows that no one should "own" any part of public streets.

In Germany, Renters' Rights Trump Guest Bathrooms

As the country follows France with hardline protections for lower-income renters, new laws prohibit some property upgrades. And for many Germans, that's just fine.  

Why U.S. Egg Prices Have Nearly Doubled Since September

It seems that 2015 will be the year the U.S. egg industry gets scrambled.

The Real Reason U.S. Gas Is So Cheap Is Americans Don't Pay the True Cost of Driving

A gas tax that fully corrected for the social impact of car reliance would upend life as we know it.

Shanghai Residents Blame a Deadly New Year's Eve Stampede on a City Crowded With Migrants

Resentment against "outsiders" is surging in the city.