Politics

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Why People Write on Bathroom Walls

The study of "latrinalia" reveals deep connections between environment, social mores, and why dudes draw penises while women tend to scribble romantic poetry in public potties.

The Ideas That Led Calgary to Choose a 'Wonkish, Dorky' Mayor

Naheed Nenshi talks urban development, affordable housing, and how national governments fail cities.

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It's Not Easy Being Green Czar

Matt Petersen is L.A.'s first chief sustainability officer, charged with drafting an ambitious plan for a city grappling with drought.

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Paris May Not Welcome the 'Human Zoo'

A white South African artist's re-creation of a colonialist tradition exhibiting "exotic" people is drawing ire across Europe.

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Daily Photos of a Single Skyscraper Show the Reality of Beijing's Toxic Smog

This man uploaded one photo every day. The results are startling.

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Prague's 'John Lennon Wall' Gets an Apolitical Makeover

The famous landmark has been a protest-art site for decades. Now, Praguers are divided on whether "Wall is Over."

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To Kiss or Not to Kiss in Indian Cities

Why young people are taking to the streets just to smooch in public.

Dean Clark

Meet San Francisco's Newest Mayor, Who Is a Dog

Today City Hall celebrates Frida, a 6-pound chihuahua mix and very good girl.

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The Real Reason Ferguson Is Boarding Up Its Storefronts

What might appear to be a bracing for a reprise of August's violence is actually a symbol of longstanding economic vulnerability.

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Three Ways Cities Try (and Fail) to Solve Homelessness

By making it a crime to feed the homeless, cities just hide the problem—and punish both those making an immediate impact and those who have already borne the brunt of a broken system.

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Arts Advocates Are Mad That a German Casino Sold Its Warhols

A state-owned gaming facility in Aachen got rid of its two paintings by the Pop Art icon to partly fund a new casino. Could this set a dangerous precedent for publicly owned art?

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Meet the Few African-American Owners in D.C.'s Bar Boom

The revamped H Street corridor in Northeast D.C. has become a profitable place for African Americans to open bars. But they face more hurdles to getting a business running than the area's mostly white newcomers.

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The Founders of Hong Kong's Occupy Central Consider Surrender

After seven weeks of protest, the rest of the Umbrella Movement is divided on what to do next.

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Legal-Weed Laws Won't Protect You on Campus

Now that more than a dozen cities and states have decriminalized marijuana, colleges are having a tough time figuring out where they stand on the issue.

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Why the New Climate Deal Between the U.S. and China Is a Major Surprise

The plan does not involve the EPA, but rather counts on a series of initiatives to be undertaken in partnership between the two countries.

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Letting Brazil's Homeless Speak for Themselves

Social media projects in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo illuminate the lives of the homeless in Brazil's biggest cities—without value judgments.

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Gentrification 'Without the Negative' in Columbus, Ohio

A local arts group moved into an abandoned factory. What does it mean for the surrounding neighborhood?

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On This Day in 1926, America's Interstate Roadways Were Numbered for the First Time

Long before the Interstate Highway System, the country's mishmash of independent trails officially became part of a numerical system.

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New York City's Marijuana Reform Doesn't Go Far Enough

The NYPD may no longer arrest people for pot possession—but the new system may be no better.