Politics

Remembering the London Beer Flood

On this day 200 years ago, a crowd of unlucky Londoners learned the hard way that there's no such thing as a free drink.

The First Step to Success? Being Heard

For 15 years, one organization has improved outcomes for Baltimore youth with a surprising tool: the debate team.

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A Coal Worker's Life—With a Lot Less Coal

A photo essay of life along the King Coal Highway shows the struggling, post-mining towns of southern West Virginia.

A Chat with Amtrak's CEO on the State of U.S. Passenger Rail

Joseph Boardman on federal funding, long-distance routes, and operating "as a business."

Hong Kong Protesters Get 3 Unappealing Choices—and 1 Possible Compromise

Hong Kong's chief executive has asked student protesters to meet as early as next week.

What Would It Be Like to Live in a Town Run by Investors?

For the "charter city" movement in Honduras, overcoming legal hurdles is followed by thousands of crucial questions.

Would You Take the 'Walk to Get Your Groceries' Challenge?

Strong Towns wants to change the way Americans see the places they live—such as what a walk to the store reveals about infrastructure.

Why Is D.C. So Expensive? Because of Congress

Unlike San Francisco or New York City, the nation's capital is an expensive city to call home as a result of federal fiat.

The Hong Kong Protests Have Taken a Violent Turn

As pro-democracy demonstrations stretch into a third week, police advance on protesters and reports emerge of brutality.

When Climate Change Has Already Come

The country's first institute of adaptation science will help Norfolk, Virginia, deal with its steadily rising waters.

All the Places The New York Times Has Compared to Brooklyn

From Berlin to Beijing, anywhere with an artisanal vegan soap store is a bit like New York's hippest borough.

The Future of Transportation Is Not All Flying Cars

What we've learned from our 9-month series on tomorrow's urban mobility.

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When the '64 Olympics Came to Tokyo

A photographic tour of the city's late Summer Games.

Let Your Kids Ride the Bus Alone

The Free-Range Kids Project wants parents to loosen their grip and raise more independent children.

What Old Transit Maps Can Teach Us About a City's Future

An analysis of once-rejected, later-constructed routes in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Houston.

The Remarkable Philanthropic Result of the Most Expensive Team Purchase in NFL History

Charities and nonprofits in Buffalo and Detroit are poised to get a big boost thanks to late Bills owner Ralph Wilson.

Should Massachusetts Change Time Zones?

Support is growing for a defection from the dark and dreary EST.

3 Big Challenges for Planning Multi-Modal Cities

It's just not as simple as "stop prioritizing cars."

Nutritious Food Is Getting More Expensive

New research shows a widening gap between the price of healthy and not-so-healthy foods.