Politics

Burtcbl/Wikimedia Commons

Cleveland Finally Wins Something: The 2016 Republican Convention

Hosting the event might not do much for the party or the city.

lpcmidst0128/Flickr

Transit Projects Are About to Get Much, Much Easier in California

The state's push to end car-first street planning could ripple across the country.

Reuters/Albert Gea

Barcelona Debates Turning an Abandoned Bullring into a Mosque

Many European cities have managed to restrict large worship spaces for Muslims, and this plan is also likely to be controversial.

AP/Youssouf Bah

We Are Making Ebola Outbreaks Worse by Cutting Down Forests

The deadly virus has already claimed almost 500 lives across West Africa this year, and deforestation could cause that number to keep climbing. 

Tupungato/Shutterstock.com

London Is Gambling Away Opportunities for Post-Recession Recovery

Local councils have no power to regulate how many betting shops pop up or where, and the numbers have gotten out of hand.

Wikimedia Commons

The Difficulties of Reviving a Ghost Town: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

Next Economy
dwph/Shutterstock.com

How Cash-Strapped Towns Are Saving Fourth of July Fireworks

Independence Day celebrations are an economic boost for communities. And with budgets tight, there are several ways towns can avoid canceling their shows.

Getty Images/Mario Tama

Brazil Made Big Environmental Promises for the World Cup and the Rio Olympics. Here's Why It Won't Keep Them.

Sustainability is a necessary buzzword for any mega-event, but reality often falls far short.

CityFixer
Flickr user gnatallica

5 Lessons U.S. Transit Systems Should Learn from London

At the top of the list: Get people on board with annual fare increases.

Reuters/Brendan McDermid

How to Build Community Spirit Through Public Nudity

And other civics lessons from Reykjavík's unconventional former mayor.

Library of Congress

How the Bicycle Paved the Way for Women's Rights

The technology craze of the 1890s meant fashion freedom and transportation independence.

Extell

Why Can't We Build Skinny Skyscrapers Everywhere?

The limits to how tall and thin towers can be has more to do with markets than engineers.

Flickr user noise64

Why Public Transit Is Not Living Up to Its Social Contract

Too many agencies favor suburban commuters over inner-city riders.

Bloomberg Philanthropies

How the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge Is Being Received in Europe

Pretty well, actually. 

Urban Reviewer

Every Master Plan in New York City History, Collected in a Single Place

A Brooklyn group tracked the history of the city's urban-renewal projects—and gave some still-vacant spots a future.

City of Los Angeles

Why Cities Should Be More Skeptical of New Cultural Centers and Expansions

On the other side of a major U.S. arts building boom, some civic leaders still think that luring cultural centers—no matter the cost—means instant success.

Washboard

Why We're Stuck With Coin-Op Laundromats

The only change that's coming to the growing laundromat industry is quarters. 

Rebecca Cook/Reuters

Outraged Canadians Report the Detroit Water Authority to the UN for Human-Rights Violations

Is there a plan to force the gentrification of Detroit through overdue water bills? And should the United Nations take action? The Council of Canadians thinks so.

Via California High-Speed Rail Authority

California High-Speed Rail Finally Finds the Funding It Needs

A budget deal secures the project 25 percent of cap-and-trade revenue moving forward.