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10 Big Ideas From CityLab 2014 Attendees

Ahead of our event in Los Angeles, we asked the global mayors and urban experts who will be joining us to share one great idea that's worked in their city.

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The National Champion of Local Business

For nearly two decades, Stacy Mitchell has tried to level a playing field she sees as tilted toward big retail.

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How to Help the World's Cities Prepare for the Next Disaster

A conversation with 100 Resilient Cities president Michael Berkowitz.

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Conservatives May Very Well Not Be Drinking Lattes

In President Barack Obama's 'latte salute' scandal, the nation's coffee preferences are revealed.

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One Texas County Is Responsible for the Most Executions in the Country

Ten counties are responsible for more than a quarter of all U.S. executions, but one far surpasses all others.

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Find Macho Dudes Hot? That Might Be Because You Live In a Market Economy

People in small-scale societies don't have the same preferences for sex-specific traits that those in urbanized environments do.

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Central Madrid Rolls Out a Tough-Love Plan to Limit Cars

Spain's capital city aims to unclog its highly trafficked center by putting the hurt on drivers' wallets.

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How Cincinnati's Pro-Streetcar Campaigners Won in the End

Ryan Messer and his grassroots group Believe in Cincinnati never took no for an answer.

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Is D.C. Statehood a Matter of Civil Rights?

Activists are mounting their latest—and likely doomed—push to grant residents of the nation's capital more voice in their government.

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Thousands of Hong Kong Students Sit In for Democracy

"Disobey and grasp your destiny" is the rallying cry as protesters settle in for a week of action to demand voting rights in their semi-autonomous nation.

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If So Many People Support Mass Transit, Why Do So Few Ride?

Closing the support-usage gap will be key to a strong public transportation future.

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A Global Gathering Reveals the Untapped Potential of Mayors

A committed Global Parliament of Mayors could mean magic for cities and nations alike.

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California Throws Down New Regulations on Olive Oil Purity

By proving its product is the real deal, the state hopes to gain ground in the European-dominated market.

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What Lead Paint Has to Do With Climate Change

In the 1920s, the lead industry used tactics similar to ones the fossil-fuel industry now employs to convince the public their products were safe.

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Everything You Need to Know About the 2014 Bloomberg Mayor's Challenge Winners

Barcelona, Athens, Stockholm, Kirklees, and Warsaw won with high- and low-tech innovations that address pressing urban problems.

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Good News: The L.A. Unified School District Is Giving Up Its Grenade Launchers

The district received the weapons through the same program that gave military equipment to the St. Louis County PD.

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How an Oven Changed the Fate of a Neglected Toronto Park

Thorncliffe Park is now home to North America's first public tandoor oven, thanks to the efforts of local activists.

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Introducing 'City Makers: Global Stories'

Our new series about the people and ideas reshaping urban life all over the world, from the ground up.

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Yes or No? A Voter's Guide to Scottish Independence

A primer on the key issues Scots are weighing at the ballots today.