Politics

The Most Complicated Border Town in the World

In Baarle-Nassau, pieces of Belgium and the Netherlands sit side-by-side, creating some strange municipal politics.

This Week in Bans: Tupelo Takes Aim at Baggy Pants

Also recently banned: Bath salts in Tennessee, prayers in England, and possibly "reckless skateboarding" in Los Angeles.

The Last Katrina Trailer Finally Leaves New Orleans

It's about time.

HUD's New Sustainability Tool

A new website offers communities practical advice on energy efficiency, transportation alternatives and more.

New York vs. London, in Debate Form

Two great global cities went head-to-head in a battle of words over which one is the best.

Flag of the Day: Confederacy Sustains a Blow in Minnesota

The rise and fall of the South, as staged in the backyard of West St. Paul councilman Ed Hansen.

In Tashkent, Hide Your Candy Hearts

Upset with Western decadence, the government of Uzbekistan is urging its citizens to shun Valentine's in favor of Emperor Babur.

Exit Interview: Brent Toderian, Vancouver’s Ousted Planning Director

A look back at 6 years guiding one of the world’s most livable cities.

Why America Keeps Getting More Conservative

The country's conservative drift is only deepening.

D.C. Looks to the Past to Fix Its Zoning Code

After a four-year rewrite process, the District of Columbia's proposed new zoning harkens back to before the 1950s.

Canada Shifts West

New census figures show population dominance moving away from the east.

This Week in Bans: 'Gay Lifestyles' Outlawed in St. Petersburg, Russia

Plus, Tucson kills its Mexican American Studies program to comply with state law; Gulfport, Mississippi, clears out lawn couches; a meat thief is banned in Britain.

East L.A. Denied Cityhood Once Again

Neighborhood has been seeking incorporation for decades, but is turned down over financial concerns.

What the Latest Report on Racial Inequality Doesn't Tell Us

New numbers from the Urban Institute require some context.

Like Water for Airport Traffic

Georgia says it’ll let Chattanooga have a piece of its air economy in exchange for water.

What's the Story Behind That Gun-Violence Super Bowl Ad?

America's mayors have joined up to battle criminal-gun trafficking... and to make entertaining football commercials, apparently.

How the Occupy Movement Changed Urban Government

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

Photos

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.