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Philly Barbers Aim to Boost Voter Turnout

Can training local barbers to talk to clients about civic participation increase voting?

Documenting the Struggles of the Detroit Fire Department

Muckraker Steve Neavling has uncovered everything from busted rigs to broken hydrants to fragile pipes.

Maps

Africa Could Fit China and the U.S., With Room to Spare

An interactive map underscores how mind-bogglingly vast Africa really is.

The Town That Decided to Send All Its Kids to College

Residents of Baldwin, Michigan, pooled together their money to provide scholarships for everyone, and it changed the town profoundly.

'Show Me a Hero' Is 'More Resonant Today Than When I Wrote It'

Journalist Lisa Belkin, whose 1999 book was adapted for the HBO series, talks about what’s changed—and what hasn’t—in Yonkers and beyond.

A Troubling Review of Public Transit in New Orleans Since Katrina

Despite some recent progress, the city has prioritized streetcars to the detriment of bus service, according to a new report.

'Show Me a Hero': Welcome to Yonkers

The HBO miniseries from The Wire creator David Simon follows an embattled city resisting efforts to build public housing.

The Courage of Julian Bond

His long career in public office began with a battle for recognition, and the audacity to believe he might actually prevail.

Why Candidates Flock to the Iowa State Fair: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

Junk Food Companies Want Black and Latino Consumers the Most

Soda and snack companies spend more of their budgets and time marketing to people of color, which may explain public-health disparities.

L.A.'s New Mobility Plan Envisions a Different Kind of City

Its car-reliant reputation might become a thing of the past.

The Murder Case That's Shaping the GOP Race

Since the July 1 killing of Kathryn Steinle, anti-immigrant sentiment has defined the Republican primary.

The Legacy of 'Rumor Control,' From Watts to Ferguson

How rumors have shaped indelible events of civil unrest in America.

'Transportation Armageddon' Is Coming to the Northeast Rail Corridor

Metro New York is being held hostage by political vanity, and the region’s economic health is at stake.

Videos

A Black Man's Journey Through 'Whitopia'

In a TED talk, author Rich Benjamin shares his eye-opening stay in America’s whitest communities.

How to Pay for a New L.A. River

Frank Gehry’s involvement in the river’s revitalization could compromise public funding.

How Can Cities Get Renters to Use Less Water?

California's drought demands an answer, but as homeownership rates drop, the question has implications for the whole country.

40 Finalist Designs for New Zealand's Next Flag

Kiwis face an important decision in two upcoming referendums.

Even Doubled, America's Gas Tax Would Be Low by World Standards

And yet opposition to raising it remains fixed and fierce.