Politics

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. 

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Rating Humanity's Response to Detroit's Water Crisis

The good, the symbolic, and the ugly.

What Congress Should Be Talking About When It Talks About a National Transportation Plan

There's a worthy federal infrastructure program staring America right in the face: broadband.

Combating Street Harassment With a Simple, 'You OK, Sis?'

A writer and activist suggests a powerful way to fight back against street harassment—by supporting victims in real time and online.

America's Booming Pay-to-Stay Visa Program Still Has Tons of Room to Grow

A once-obscure program that provides permanent resident status in exchange for foreign investment in troubled places is starting to pay dividends in some U.S. cities.

Explaining the Pull of the World's 'Unruly Places'

Alastair Bonnett on the intersection of place, identity, and imagination.  

Citizen Journalists Are Live-Mapping the Crisis in Ukraine

An interactive website offers real-time context for the escalating conflict.

Meet New York City's 'Gay Health Warrior'

An infectious-disease physician hangs up his lab coat to bring HIV screening to Manhattan’s gay nightlife.

The Poor Will Always Be With Us. But Where Will We Let Them Live?

The "poor door" controversy on Manhattan's Upper West Side is only the most outlandish example of New York's uphill battle on affordable housing. 

Putting Gaza in Focus—From Space

An astronaut aboard the ISS takes a photograph capturing the violence raging on one part of Earth.