Politics

Don't Tweet: In D.C., a New War on Public Safety Information

Citing safety concerns, the city opts to filter which public safety incidents citizens get to hear about

Another Problem With Zuccotti Park: It Isn't a Very Good Park

Semi-coercing private companies into building parks is a good way to build some pretty bad parks

Why Ranking Cities Can Be Such a Tricky Business

Incomplete data, inconsistent definitions, and an outsider's perspective can all trip up attempts to measure cities against one another

14 U.S. Infrastructure Projects Get Federal Fast-Tracking

Permitting and environmental review will be expedited, pushing for final approval within 18 months

Florida County Drains Fluoride from Water

Tea Party activism is behind decision to remove the dentifrice from public drinking water

California's Plan to Crack Down on Troublesome Cities

A newly signed law gives the state more power to audit local governments and root out corruption

China's Uneasy Transition to an Urban Majority

Millions of rural Chinese are moving to cities, but the opportunities they're finding there are uncertain

Occupy Wall Street Protest Poses a Public-Private Conundrum

Demonstrators converge on privately owned public space, raising questions about legal rights

The 'Fake' Cities of Syria's Unrest

Syrian television alleges the country's uprisings are taking place in cinematic replicas of its cities

America's Great Dental Divide

How often you go to the dentist can predict not just income, but social class, political orientation, even what part of the country you live in

CityFixer

The Math Behind Sacking Disposable Bags

How a variety of policies aimed at reducing the environmental impact of shopping bags are working

Toronto's Waterfront Moment

How the citizens of Toronto successfully stopped an unpopular redevelopment plan

Mayor of the World: How Bloomberg Flexes New York's Diplomatic Muscle

Cities, not countries, are increasingly where the foreign policy action is

The Future of California's High-Speed Rail Is in Private Sector Hands

With cost estimates rising, a commitment of additional state funds for high-speed rail seems all but impossible

Newcastle, Australia, City Council Wants to Fire Themselves

A years-long controversy over fig trees is wearing away at some local officials

Maps

The Geography of Obama’s Tanking Approval Ratings

The president’s stated goal of uniting the country may be a lost cause

The Case for a D.C.-Baltimore Mega-Region

Maryland's controversial anti-sprawl plan is in the final review phase

St. Louis to Board of Aldermen: Save Our Del Taco

How a flying saucer ended up at the nexus of local politics and real estate development this summer