Politics

Matt Dellinger

What a Train Trip From L.A. to S.F. Can Teach Us About California's High-Speed Rail Future

The state is as likely a place as any to see the future of rail unfold.

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How U.S. College Rankings Haven't Changed Over the Past Century

Elite institutions have remained that way for more than 100 years for a reason.

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Transit Projects Shouldn't Take Longer to Finish in 2014 Than They Did in 1925

Here are a few ways to make sure they don't.

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Why Mayors Need a UN-Like Organization of Their Own

The world’s mayors are running the biggest and most important cities in all of human history. They need to have a forum.

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10 Years Later, Here Are the Remains of Athens' Olympic Games

A look at the aging symbols of Greece's pre-crisis spending.

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How Man-Made Earthquakes Are Changing the Seismic Landscape

Scientists say fracking is part of why Oklahoma now rivals California in quake activity.

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Atomic Tests Were a Tourist Draw in 1950s Las Vegas

Nevada's nuclear-bomb testing spawned a spectator culture tinged with both profound fear and Sin City delight.

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How Vancouver Became One of North America's Most Family-Friendly Cities

It took very concerted policy efforts going back to the early 1990s.

Lauren Quock

Public Bathrooms Are Gender Battlegrounds, Mostly Due to Terrible Signage

Well-designed, simple signs can solve real problems for gender-nonconforming people while diffusing political noise. 

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The Evolution of Slang

For a century and a half, The New York Times has been earnestly—and hilariously—defining the evolving language of cities. 

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Amsterdam's Weird Culture War

Conservatives want to power-wash the city of its intrinsic character—which includes pot shops and sex shows, but also a uniquely Dutch balance.

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Toledo's Water Is Now Safe to Drink, but the Causes Behind Its Toxicity Linger

After a weekend ban, 400,00 residents can safely turn their faucets back on. But the Great Lakes as a water source are still in bad shape. 

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Colorado Cities Fight State and Industry Reps for Resident Input on Fracking

Locals say one-size-fits-all regulation won't work across the diverse, resource-rich state.

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Where the Great Recession Made Inequality Worse

The most dramatic increases were not in the usual places. 

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The Tornado That Didn't Wreck Enough to Warrant Federal Aid

A Massachusetts city is denied FEMA assistance after being blindsided by a twister that did major damage—but not quite enough.

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Colorado Made 'Intelligent Decisions' on Its Rollout of Legal Marijuana

New data shows that seed-to-sale tracking and other tight controls have made the state's legal-weed transition a success.

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Strong Mayor, Weak Mayor, No Mayor—In Terms of Policy, It May Not Matter Much

Efforts to reform municipal governance systems have little impact on actual policies, researchers say. 

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15 Maps That Don't Explain the Middle East at All

The region as it never was, could have been, and sort of is. 

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China Is Ending Its Skewed 'Hukou' Public-Aid System, but That Won't Help the Rural Poor

The two-tiered assistance plan has long put rural recipients at a disadvantage, and touted changes may actually enforce inequality in benefits.