Politics

How the Occupy Movement Changed Urban Government

In an increasingly globalized world, Occupy Wall Street reinforced the primacy of place.

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How to Memorialize the AIDS Crisis

A look at some ideas for a park in New York City.

The Greening of Houston

How America's oil and gas capitol came to design a park at the forefront of green public space.

To Understand the City’s Budget, Write It

To help citizens better understand the budget process, Calgary's mayor let them craft it themselves.

This Week in Bans: U.K. Libraries Fight Off Waves of Pint-Sized Droogs

Also, Bogota outlaws public handguns; L.A. says no to beach football; a palm-reading aptitude test is no longer acceptable in China; and Hoboken bans Snookie.

Increasing Density and Diversity Likely to Make Western States More Blue

A new report finds growing urban and minority populations that will affect redistricting and reapportionment in the Mountain West.

Troy Mayor Comes Out as Anti-Gay, Again

Janice Daniels, the tea party mayor of Troy, Michigan, recently said something bad about homosexual people at a student forum on bullying and suicide. But what was it, exactly?

Sacramento's Mayor Continues His Push for More Power

He’s seeking a “strong-mayor” system, but opponents of the plan have prevented it from happening since 2008.

CityFixer

How Many Snow Plows Does a City Need?

The best responses to this week's The Big Fix.

In Baku, a Citywide Coming-Out Party for Eurovision

The capital of post-Soviet Azerbaijan is decking itself out for Europe's kitschy song contest.

The Week In City Bans: Oakland Bags Bags, Boston X's Out Alcohol Ads

Cities ban things! Also in this week's edition: D.C. outlaws Occupy protesters and large dogs are no longer welcome in one Chinese city.

Conn. Mayor Joe Maturo Eats a Crow Taco After Latino Remark

The East Haven mayor has apologized for seeming to suggest his city's racial ills could be cured with delicious Mexican food.

Should the Post Office Be Saved?

Today's business-centric view of the mail system stands in contrast to its historical civic mandate

Fighting Crime With Former Criminals

Baltimore's program to mediate disagreements between gang members successfully prevents homicides

The Urban Message Missing From the State of the Union

The issues facing the nation's cities were largely ignored in the president’s speech

How a Civic Engagement Campaign Saved Ecuador's Biggest City

The revival of Guayaquil offers a powerful model for urban recovery

Fixing America's Soon-To-Be Waterless Cities

Urban areas around the country are drying up - are there any easy solutions?

The High Price of Prejudice

The numbers don't lie: Prejudice isn't just morally reprehensible, it's economically punishing as well.

Number of the Day: 80

That's the number of mayors who have pledged their support to a new city-based gay marriage advocacy group