Politics

waltarrrrr/Flickr

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.

Videos
The Atlantic

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.

Jacques PALUT/shutterstock.com

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. 

Sam Beebe/Flickr

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.

AP Images/Juan Karita

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.

Next Economy
David McNew/Getty Images

Looking to Fund a Clean Energy Project? You Need a Green Bank

New state-run investment funds could create a real marketplace for alternative energy projects—and bring down costs for all of us.

MTA

NYC Can't Afford to Build the Second Avenue Subway, and It Can't Afford Not To

The city is paying a steep price to build the much-needed new line, and will pay a steeper one if it fails to finish.

California State Mining Bureau/Flickr

Six Californias, One Super City-State

One venture capitalist's dream to divide California into six states—while consolidating much of its power into one.

Associated Press

How Many LGBT Americans Are There? Depends on How You Ask

Survey language affects how people answer polls about sexuality, which makes it harder to ascertain the needs of LGBT populations.

Shachaf Rodberg

The Rise of Dark Tourism

War zones are becoming travel destinations.

Adam Fagen/Flickr

How Low-Income Commuters View Cycling

Three policy lessons for cities trying to achieve more transport equity.

Justin Black/Shutterstock.com

Paris Wants Landlords to Turn Vacant Office Space Into Apartments—Or Else

The city has a surplus of empty commercial buildings that could better serve as residences. And it plans to fine owners who don't convert.

Flickr user Mr.TinDC

Why Higher Fares Would Be Good for Public Transit

If transit is really to thrive in the United States, agencies need to reconsider their reliance on taxpayer subsidies.

PLOS ONE

In Denmark, Immigrant Birds May Have To Pay Their Own Way

As climate change causes animal species to make big geographic moves, deciding what is and isn't "native" could get tricky—especially when it comes to conservation funding. 

REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Detroit Still Shouldn't Sell Its Art

Auctioning off Detroit's art collection would reduce the city's debt, not its suffering. Residents shouldn't go for it, even as the price climbs.

Mitchell Walker/lariverguide.org

Navigating the Future of the L.A. River, by Kayak

An unusual trip down the city's long-dormant waterway hints at an exciting, if complicated, rebirth. 

AFP/GettyImages/Philippe Huguen

Agent Orange Ingredient Could Soon Be Used to Kill Superweeds

Dow Chemical is pushing an herbicide that contains a component used as a weapon in the Vietnam War.