Politics

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How Tech Is Getting Young Voters to Turn Out for Election Day

This hasn’t been the most exciting election season. But a mobile and online push is helping get youth out to polls.

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Will New Yorkers Warm Up to a New 25-Mile-Per-Hour Speed Limit?

As NYC makes serious changes to reduce pedestrian traffic deaths, some New Yorkers resist out of romance for the city's chaotic streets.

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The Economic Case for a National Per-Mile Driving Fee

It could generate more revenue than we know what to do with—not a bad problem to have.

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As Boomers Age, Walkable Cities Become More Important

Millennials and older Americans agree on city accessibility, and the lobbying powerhouse of the AARP is emerging as a key advocate.

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Could Free Public Transit Get Americans to Voting Booths?

Barely half of American voters are turning out at the polls. Could free transit engage communities?

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Legal Weed Is Expected to Pass in D.C.—How Many Ways Can Congress Interfere?

This Election Day brings another high-profile chance for District voters to have their voices ignored.

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Tracing the Scattered Pieces of the Berlin Wall: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

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Remembering Former Boston Mayor Tom Menino

The longest-serving mayor of Boston died at age 71 on Thursday.

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The Mayor of Phoenix Talks About Better Transit in a Car-Reliant City

Greg Stanton on bikeability, road diets, and transit's key role in economic success. (Oh, and the Super Bowl.)

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How to Tackle Growing Suburban Poverty

Houston's Neighborhood Centers has spent years addressing this hidden problem—which will spread throughout the U.S.

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Who Are Better People, Democrats or Republicans?

Just in time for Election Day, a new analysis shows that we all even out in the end.

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How Memphis Became a Great Bicycle City

Bikes brought the metro fast economic growth and mobility—with challenges on the side.

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Exploring Mussolini's Secret Bunkers

The city-owned Villa Torlonia will now offer tours inside the former dictator's hideouts.

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In New York, West African Immigrants Cope With Ebola Crisis on Two Fronts

Rather than barricading themselves at home, these immigrant communities are taking action.

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'Marathon Tourism' in Asia Speeds Up

"Sports travel" has hit Asia in a big way, but will Western runners want to trek through Beijing's smog?

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Is New Orleans Trying to Deport Undocumented Workers Now That the Rebuilding Is Over?

Federal contractors lured undocumented immigrants to New Orleans after Katrina with loosened labor laws. Now the city's Latinos want police and immigration agents to stop harassing them.

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In Protests, Who Owns the Highways?

Whose streets? Our streets. But more than rush hour is disrupted when people take to the highways.

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Moving Forward with America's High-Speed Rail Projects

A status report on proposed lines in California, Texas, and the Northeast.

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Standing Up for the Vietnamese Community of New Orleans

Minh Nguyen campaigned for environmental justice in his community after Katrina. In the years since, he and his group VAYLA have expanded their mission.