Politics

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Was Monday's Fire in Downtown L.A. an 'Architectural Hate Crime'?

The destroyed building was to be the latest mega-complex by a detested local developer.

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It's Far Too Simple to Dismiss Staten Island for 'Being Staten Island'

Understanding the history of New York’s "forgotten borough" puts the Eric Garner case in an important context: suburbia.

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Kim Stringfellow

The Last Homesteads of Wonder Valley, California

Remnants of a final wave of federal land grants, hundreds of 1950s "jackrabbit homesteads" still haunt a distant corner of the Mojave desert.

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Damon Davis

In Ferguson and St. Louis, an Artist's Quiet Outrage

Damon Davis has long created dynamic works that have helped his divided hometown of St. Louis communicate. In the wake of the Michael Brown case, he's been called to make art that is itself a form of protest.

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China Wants Its Urban Artists to Head for the Countryside

300 million rural Chinese are projected to move into cities by 2050. So why is the government pushing artists to celebrate its old ways?

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A Brief History of Die-In Protests

The somber form of civil disobedience has distinctly American roots.

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No Indictment, Again

A Staten Island jury has decided not to indict any of the police officers involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

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How Costumed Tours Helped Transform Quito

By stirring pride in Ecuador's history, the tour group Quito Eterno contributed to the revival of its capital city.

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The Way Congress Has Funded Transportation Since 2008 Is Not Entirely Legal

Transfers from the general treasury into the Highway Trust Fund violate a 1974 budget act.

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Am I In Las Vegas?

An Interactive Map Shows Leaving Las Vegas Is Easier Than You Think

It also helps residents of Vegas' many unincorporated communities determine whether they're covered by city services.

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Why an Affluent Suburb Rallied Behind Affordable Housing

A church and an interfaith housing group got Edina, Minnesota, to back a new project for at-risk youth—although a few holdouts remain.

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After a Series of Failures, This Is How Vancouver Finally Built a Controversial Bike Lane

The Burrard Street Bridge is a case study in pushing a difficult policy.

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This Holiday Season, Let's Turn Retail Jobs Into Middle-Class Ones

Higher wages mean more engaged employees, better customer service and higher profits.

Elizabeth and Jason Putsché

The Real Lives of Feral Cats

Two Baltimore-based photographers have been following the city's "community cats" with their cameras for over 5 years.

Jim Saah

Celebrating D.C.'s Punk 'Salad Days'

Filmmaker Scott Crawford on the birth of hardcore in 1980s Washington.

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How Police Rules of Engagement Differ Around the World

From city to city, law enforcement guidelines on crowd control and the use of force and firearms vary widely.

Courtesy Zachary Caceres

How Local Governments Could Work More Like Cell Phones

A young American in Guatemala wants to bring a spirit of entrepreneurship to municipal governance through his think tank, the Startup Cities Institute.

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REUTERS/Stephen Lam

In Pictures: An Awful Night in Ferguson

Peaceful demonstrations were quickly overshadowed by violence.

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In the U.K., a Case for Shifting Political Power to the Cities

A year-long independent effort has identified the most practical strategies for empowering the U.K.'s cities and metro areas.