Politics

A Tour of the Eerie Villages France Never Rebuilt After WWI

After the Battle of Verdun left hundreds of thousands dead, the towns-turned-battlefields sat empty out of respect.

What Applying to Charter Schools Showed Me About Inequality

Charters are not a comprehensive solution to public education's problems.

Crimea Is Causing a Minor Crisis for Cartographers

How should maps refer to disputed territories?

How the Police Describe the Rob Ford Crack Video

The Toronto mayor's never-ending saga.

A Map of God's Countries

The places where people think faith is necessary to be a good person.

Why a Brand-New $10 Million Library Has Been Sitting Empty for Months

One unfortunate outcome of California doing away with redevelopment agencies.

Crimea's Controversial Election Day

According to officials, nearly 97 percent of the ethnically diverse peninsula voted yesterday to secede from Ukraine.

China's Urbanization Drive Will Leave 200 Million Chinese Without Benefits

The "people-centered" plan has some serious flaws.

Why D.C.'s Police Union Endorsed a Marijuana Reformer

Cops want to get paid, too. 

How to Measure Heroin Use When No One Will Admit to Using Heroin

And why we may soon not be able to measure it at all. 

The Changing Face of Italy, As Seen in One Small Town

A pro-immigration mayor has made Riace a symbol of Southern Italy's future.

A Big Legal Blow to the Rails-to-Trails Movement

How a U.S. Supreme Court decision could endanger thousands of America's recreational trails.

Tokyo's Carbon Market for Office Buildings Is All 'Cap' and Not Much 'Trade'

The success of the world's first city-level carbon-trading system hasn't had much to do with emissions trading.

Near Fukushima, a Generation of Kids Who Don't Play Outside

The fear of cancer from radiation exposure has led to a new set of problems for young families.

The Real Reason New York Police Unions Are Waffling on Stop-and-Frisk

And why they're not likely to get everything they want. 

When Mayors Go Hyper-Local: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

Rio's Smelly Carnival

Sanitation workers went on strike during the big event, leaving the streets covered in trash.

Scenes From Crimea

What everyday life is like in Simferopol, Crimea's divided capital.

No One Is Happier About Berlin Being 'Over' Than Berlin

North American media have proclaimed the city is no longer the apogee of cool, and that's just fine.