Politics

NYC Can't Afford to Build the Second Avenue Subway, and It Can't Afford Not To

The city is paying a steep price to build the much-needed new line, and will pay a steeper one if it fails to finish.

Six Californias, One Super City-State

One venture capitalist's dream to divide California into six states—while consolidating much of its power into one.

How Many LGBT Americans Are There? Depends on How You Ask

Survey language affects how people answer polls about sexuality, which makes it harder to ascertain the needs of LGBT populations.

The Rise of Dark Tourism

War zones are becoming travel destinations.

How Low-Income Commuters View Cycling

Three policy lessons for cities trying to achieve more transport equity.

Paris Wants Landlords to Turn Vacant Office Space Into Apartments—Or Else

The city has a surplus of empty commercial buildings that could better serve as residences. And it plans to fine owners who don't convert.

Why Higher Fares Would Be Good for Public Transit

If transit is really to thrive in the United States, agencies need to reconsider their reliance on taxpayer subsidies.

In Denmark, Immigrant Birds May Have To Pay Their Own Way

As climate change causes animal species to make big geographic moves, deciding what is and isn't "native" could get tricky—especially when it comes to conservation funding. 

Detroit Still Shouldn't Sell Its Art

Auctioning off Detroit's art collection would reduce the city's debt, not its suffering. Residents shouldn't go for it, even as the price climbs.

Navigating the Future of the L.A. River, by Kayak

An unusual trip down the city's long-dormant waterway hints at an exciting, if complicated, rebirth. 

Agent Orange Ingredient Could Soon Be Used to Kill Superweeds

Dow Chemical is pushing an herbicide that contains a component used as a weapon in the Vietnam War.

In 1914, Baltimore Wanted You to Know It Was the Best City Ever

A digitally preserved program from the city's Star Spangled Banner centennial festivities boasts about an unparalleled new sewer system, among other amenities.

Transportation Projects Don't Need to Take as Long as They Do

Using "lean" concepts, urban mobility can evolve as rapidly as iPhone apps.

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Hey, Congress, Oregon Has Your Long-Term Highway Funding Solution Right Here

The state has released a brief policy history of its pay-per-mile program.

Cleveland Finally Wins Something: The 2016 Republican Convention

Hosting the event might not do much for the party or the city.

Transit Projects Are About to Get Much, Much Easier in California

The state's push to end car-first street planning could ripple across the country.

Barcelona Debates Turning an Abandoned Bullring into a Mosque

Many European cities have managed to restrict large worship spaces for Muslims, and this plan is also likely to be controversial.

We Are Making Ebola Outbreaks Worse by Cutting Down Forests

The deadly virus has already claimed almost 500 lives across West Africa this year, and deforestation could cause that number to keep climbing. 

London Is Gambling Away Opportunities for Post-Recession Recovery

Local councils have no power to regulate how many betting shops pop up or where, and the numbers have gotten out of hand.