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In Beirut, Bringing Bribery Out Into the Open

A new crowd-sourcing platform gives Lebanese their first means of quantifying a scourge that's all around them.

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The NYC Police Union Has a Long History of Bullying City Hall

The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association have attacked and often slandered every recent mayor, even those who prided themselves on being crime fighters.

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The Unexpected U.S. Capital of Unintended Pregnancy

In Delaware, a surprisingly high number of women get pregnant by accident. Here's what it can teach the rest of the nation.


The Remarkable Year in Protests

From Kiev to Ferguson, demonstrators took to the streets and made their voices heard in 2014.

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How Chinese Food on Christmas Became a Jewish-American Tradition

The circumstances that birthed Jewish Christmas are deeply historical, sociological, and religious. And nothing else was open on NYC's Lower East Side.

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Inside the High-Stakes Effort to Stop Murder in New Orleans

Three years ago, the violence-stricken city bet big on a data-focused approach funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. When will we know if it's working?

Mark Byrnes/CityLab

14 Maps That Explain 2014

A cartographic tour through the year that was.

Sudaca/Caro Patlis

A Bare-Bones Electric Motorcycle for Green Urban Riding

This ultralight bike is designed to cut pollution and slice through traffic jams.

Reuters/Carlo Allegri

The Cops vs. the Mayor: Bill de Blasio's Big Headache

Can the liberal NYC mayor mend fences with increasingly hostile police leadership just as he needs the force to handle protests against bad policing?

Reuters/Charles Platiau

Paris Wants to Keep Central Neighborhoods From Becoming 'Ghettos for the Rich'

The French capital has announced a plan to stop housing displacement in gentrifying neighborhoods. It might be the most radical proposal Europe has seen.

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Where Can Singaporeans Relax? At the Comedy Club

In a city-state that's wary of talk about race and religion, a burgeoning stand-up scene offers a welcome respite.

AP/Mohammed Ballas

The Link Between Religious Diversity and Economic Development

Economic success may be tied to the fact that not all of your neighbors are celebrating the same winter holiday as you.

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Are Velodromes the Future of City Sports, or the Past?

Philly may take a chance on building a type of cycling arena that was immensely popular at the turn of the century, then all but abandoned.

Courtesy of Catherine McNeur

When Gentrification Meant Driving the Hogs Out of Manhattan

In 19th-century New York, urban livestock were perceived as a threat to the image and future of the nation's largest city.

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World Leaders Cobbled Together a Last-Minute Climate Deal in Peru. What Happens Next?

Stay tuned over the next several months for commitments from key players like India, Russia, and Australia.


How Italy Put Cities in Charge

The country hopes the move will get people more involved in government—and save some money.

Reuters/Bobby Yip

What Did Hong Kong's Pro-Democracy Protests Really Accomplish?

Though the protesters didn't make any discernible progress towards their primary goals, there are many other ways that the movement has irrefutably changed Hong Kong.


Who Will Stop America's Plague of Hideous License Plates?

The designers behind the States Plates Project are here to help.


How Bremen, Germany, Became a Car-Sharing Paradise

The city aims to get 20,000 residents using its system by 2020.