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How a Civic Engagement Campaign Saved Ecuador's Biggest City

The revival of Guayaquil offers a powerful model for urban recovery

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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


The Municipal Feud That Made Hollywood

In 1937, a California city just southwest of Hollywood tried to change its name - to Hollywood


If Romney Stumbles in South Carolina, Is the Economy to Blame?

The serious economic challenges facing the next three GOP primary states may hurt Romney and help more conservative candidates

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Tea Party Mayor Loses Battle to Block Troy Transit Center

The city council went ahead and voted to accept millions in federal money Tuesday, despite the mayor's objections

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Boozy Wisconsin Mayor Escapes Recall Effort, For Now

Sheboygan's embattled mayor, who's Internet famous for epic displays of public drunkenness, survived the first stage of a recall effort on Tuesday


Percent of the Day: 51.27

The majority of China now lives in cities


Why More Homeless Shelters Should Allow Alcohol

Wet shelters may be connected to more deaths than we'd like, but they offer a last-resort home to the chronically homeless


The Most Powerful Constituency in the 2012 Campaign: The Suburbs

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have been getting most of their campaign contributions from the same place: the monied ‘burbs.


Video of the Day: Cairo's Garbage People

A new documentary follows a family of Coptic Christians, one of thousands who tend to the city's trash


U.K. Towns Compete For Vaunted City Status

Towns will compete to gain new honorary status as a "Lord Mayoralty"

Sarah Goodyear

You're Now (Sort of) Free to Enter Zuccotti Park

The park opened to visitors again this morning, but significant barriers remain in place


Iowa Voters and the Economy

Caucus-goers say the economy is their top concern, but their state is doing much better than others


Happy New Year! Now Give Up Your Cigarettes, Plastic Bags and Shark Fins

A round-up of new municipal laws from around the country

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How to Pay for America's Infrastructure

Should infrastructure banks replace our current system of funding roads and transit through grants?

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Meet Indiana's First African-American Female Mayor

Karen Freeman-Wilson, the newly elected mayor of Gary, faces an uphill battle but a low bar for success


The Great California Sports Shuffle

Silicon Valley cities try to entice the A’s and 49ers to move into new digs