Politics

In Sri Lanka, Elephants and Humans Struggle to Live in Close Quarters

As farming and tourism increase, human-elephant interactions are on the rise—often with fatal results for both people and animals.

Who Owns Your License Plate?

In a case on whether Texas must issue plates with the Confederate battle flag, the Supreme Court takes up a more fundamental free-speech question.

Videos

Why Are Tons of Ripe Produce Being Dumped Into Arizona Landfills?

It's a loss to farmers and consumers alike.

Why Banning Fast Food in South L.A. Hasn't Helped Reduce Obesity

There are many forces that promote healthier eating, but a zoning regulation against fast-food restaurants has not turned out to be one.

Drilling Down to the Real Role of Bike Lanes in Social Equity

A detailed new report tries to quantify the impact better bicycle infrastructure can have in lower income communities.

A San Francisco Church Is Drenching the Homeless to Keep Them Away

So much for "advancing human dignity."

Next Economy

Americans Prefer Their Solutions Locally Sourced

Recent battles over national politics, government spending, and the future of the country has left many disillusioned with federal policies.

A 'Building of Awe' With an Uncertain Future

Time is running out for the Paul Rudolph-designed Orange County Government Center in Goshen, New York.

The Travesty of Transit in Brazil's Megacity: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

Here's What's Really Ruining Austin (and It's Not SXSW)

It's not the tourists; it's the locals. There are just too many now—and no plan for handling them all.

The Politics of Disaster at Los Angeles' St. Francis Dam

In 1928, more than 400 people were killed in a massive dam break in L.A. County—and the tragedy is barely recognized. That might finally be changing.

San Francisco Considers Outlawing Chewing Tobacco at Sports Arenas

The law would ban major league baseball players, and spectators, from enjoying one of the sport's oldest traditions.

Moscow Offers 'Husband Rentals' for Helpless Russian Women

"You're a beautiful woman with a killer manicure that was done only yesterday." How will you ever change a light bulb?

Why It's So Dangerous That Florida's Governor Banned the Term 'Climate Change'

Rick Scott's censorship of environmental officials courts disaster for a state at tremendous risk.

The Battle for L.A.'s Future May Depend on Skid Row: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

Copenhagen Wants to Rebrand Part of Sweden 'Greater Copenhagen'

The Swedish city of Malmö says it is doing just fine on its own, thanks.

How to Solve the Diversity Problem at NYC's Elite Public Schools

Hint: Their test-only admissions policy isn’t the real issue.

Marijuana Is Now Legal in D.C., But New Restrictive Rules Force Smokers to Stay Home

Smoking is outlawed in all public spaces, including inside private clubs, bars, hotels, and restaurants.

The Department of Justice Is Asking Ferguson To Do the Impossible

Ferguson needs to drastically revise its court system. But how is a city supported by predatory court fees supposed to fund reform?