Politics

Crime, Congestion, and Corruption Frame Mayoral Race in Bogota

With the current mayor in jail, a transit-building former mayor is among the election's front-runners

The Trouble With Youth Curfews

Rules targeting youths often don't produce public safety results

Debunking the Impact of City Heat on Global Warming

Two new reports show that the urban 'heat island' effect is not distorting climate change data

How New Orleans Got Its Recycling Back

Why it took six years for the city to solve its waste problem

The Surfing Madonna Complex: A Political Awakening in Encinitas

How the battle over an illegal mosaic united a California beach town

Rahm Emanuel: The Anti-Daley

Chicago's hard-charging new mayor was seen as Daley's successor, but now he's dismantling the former mayor's legacy

Suburbia: Land of Immigrants

Foreign-born populations in the U.S. are spreading out across the country, settling in suburbs and smaller cities

As America Ages, NIMBYism Could Increase

Surveys show older people are more likely to actively oppose new development

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

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The Math Behind Sacking Disposable Bags

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