Politics

How to Solve the Diversity Problem at NYC's Elite Public Schools

Hint: Their test-only admissions policy isn’t the real issue.

Marijuana Is Now Legal in D.C., But New Restrictive Rules Force Smokers to Stay Home

Smoking is outlawed in all public spaces, including inside private clubs, bars, hotels, and restaurants.

The Department of Justice Is Asking Ferguson To Do the Impossible

Ferguson needs to drastically revise its court system. But how is a city supported by predatory court fees supposed to fund reform?

The DOJ Report on Ferguson Is Damning, and It's Just the Beginning

A 6-month investigation into the Ferguson Police Department shows grave violations of constitutional and civil rights. But residents face even deeper problems.

How Boycotts Hurt the Cities They Are Supposed to Help

Boycotts can be effective, but they need to reflect the demography, economy, and culture of the regions they target.

Why Africa's Booming Cities Need More Autonomy in Urban Planning

The continent is embarking on an urban revolution, and African cities are right to want a seat at the table.

A New Campaign Takes Aim at New York's Growing Chain Stores

#SaveNYC was inspired by a similar effort to help local businesses in London, but it also has detractors.

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John Oliver's Solution to America's Infrastructure Crisis

On the latest episode of Last Week Tonight, the host suggests Hollywood might be able to help.

This Aspiring Urban Planner Is Making Waves in Florida

Most 15-year-olds don’t spend their spare time studying walkability and public housing. Dylan Gentile is not most 15-year-olds.

Why Don't Convenience Stores Sell Better Food?

New programs aim to put more produce in corner stores in order to improve the health of low-income communities. Will it work?

Why London Should Stop Trying to Be New York and Start Trying to Be Paris

The U.K. capital doesn't need a transatlantic role model. It actually has a far more relevant one closer to home.

The Record-Setting Skyscrapers You've Never Heard Of: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

Look Forward to More Loose Llamas in Arizona, Where Their Numbers Are on the Rise

Llama-heavy states saw their numbers drop from 2007 to 2012. But in Arizona, the beasts are only getting more popular.

How Gary, Indiana, Got Serious About Tackling Blight

The mayor of Gary is determined to stop a tide of vacant, neglected buildings in her post-industrial city. Data-rich parcel mapping is the first step.

11 Historical Maps and Charts That Explain the Birth of Amtrak

One classic memo even scores various routes on "presidential risk of blame for killing RR passenger service."

Is YIMBYism the Next Big Single-Issue Political Platform?

One San Francisco mayoral candidate is making "Yes in My Back Yard" her mission statement.

The Tragedy of Canada's Census

The country's political climate led to the switch from a mandatory census form to voluntary one. It's been a disaster for policymakers.

The Cracks in Chicago's Grand Plans for the Bus

Forget opponents—even supporters are debating whether the city has gone far enough in its BRT ambitions.

Videos

Blowing Up What 'Success' Means in Inner-City Education Reform

The new documentary Southeast 67 tracks 67 kids from Southeast D.C. who were granted college scholarships in the 1990s.