Politics

How Legalizing Squatting Became a Winning Issue in the Barcelona Mayor's Race

Mayoral candidate Ada Colau thinks squatters shouldn't be evicted from unused buildings. Some polls show she's in the lead.

Where the Minimum-Wage Fight Is Being Won

Cities and states have shot far past Congress in raising the minimum wage. Will the feds ever catch up?

The Hardest-Working Bike in Washington, D.C.: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

LAPD's Police Reforms and the Legacy of Rodney King

The department's reforms in the decades following the 1992 Los Angeles riots could provide direction for other police forces.

The Inequality of India's Queer Spaces

"Space is power, right? We don't have a lot of it."

Photos

Protesters In Milan Really Don't Want the World Expo

On Thursday, members of the "No Expo" movement took to the streets. Tens of thousands more are expected to march against the event Friday.

Maps

After Nearly a Century, Redlining Still Divides Baltimore

A powerful new map of the city shows how its current poverty rates match up to racist mortgage policies of the past.

New Docu-Series Paints a Complicated Picture of Life in a Fracking Town

'BOOMTOWNERS' examines how American communities weather rapid transformation in the thick of an oil boom.

In Front of Zero Fans, the Baltimore Orioles Win

In a baseball first, no one was allowed to attend Wednesday's afternoon game in the city, rescheduled during a week of civil unrest.

Photos

Hey, London Developers: Up Yours!

An artist's collection of "postcards" offers a grim and hilarious view of the hyper-developing city.

Baltimore's Day Off

The city's schools may have been closed, but Tuesday was still full of learning opportunities.

Photos

Baltimore Picks Itself Up After a Long, Violent Night

After hours of rioting around the city, the clean-up begins.

America Is Ready for Gay Marriage

As the Supreme Court hears arguments toward a landmark ruling on same-sex marriages, public opinion has already turned largely in favor of gay unions.  

Rise of the Fragmented City

Does the number of governments in a given metro area really matter?

The Port of Oakland Will Shut Down to Protest Police Violence

In a rare sign of solidarity, shipping owners are supporting the day-long protest.

The Only Chart You Need to Explain America's Broken Gas Tax

Highway money is on pace to run out in July.

Why the Cities of Science Fiction Feel So Familiar: #Best Cityreads of the Week

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

Videos

In One Upper East Side Bakery, a Victory for Labor Rights

The documentary "The Hand That Feeds" is a humanizing portrait of one battle in the wage war.

Celebrating New York Landmarks, Both Saved and Lost

An illuminating new exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York focuses on the legacy of historic preservation.