Politics

New York's Big Step Toward Safer Streets for All

A package of legislation passed late last week, including "Cooper's Law," shows the city is finally getting serious about reducing traffic fatalities. 

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We Now Have Highly Detailed Maps of Detroit's Blight

A process called "blexting" and a neighborhood-focused property auction may help fix the city's crippling property woes.

A Cemetery's Revival Signals 'Womb to Tomb' City Services

The coming wave of global urban growth will also produce a massive wave of urban death. This city in the Philippines has ideas for how to handle it.

How Heavy Metal Tracks the Wealth of Nations

This music of disillusion and despair is, strangely, biggest in countries with very high quality of life. 

The Worst Holiday Weekend for Red-Light Running Is Here

Memorial Day weekend is a bad time to drive overall. 

Americans Like Living in States With Less Income Inequality

Residents of Alaska, Utah, and Wyoming say their states—which boast the lowest levels of income inequality in the country—are great places to live. 

Wait, Why Are 'Urban' Kids Excluded from This School Meals Program in the GOP Budget?

It's a proposal to help feed low-income kids when school's out, but only rural districts would be able to participate.

The Most Dangerous U.S. Cities for Pedestrians

Between 2003 and 2012, 47,025 pedestrians were killed by drivers in the United States.

Fire Departments Are Standing in the Way of Good Street Design

It doesn't have to be this way. 

The Overwhelming Persistence of Neighborhood Poverty

For all the debate, gentrification is far from the norm.

Chicago's Petcoke Woes Are Far From Over

Mayor Rahm Emanuel banned new or expanded refineries that produce the stuff, but the Southeast side is still dealing with what's already there. 

Why Julián Castro's Record as Mayor of San Antonio Doesn't Necessarily Tell Us Much About His Future at HUD

Unlike the strong-mayor governments of Chicago or New York, San Antonio's government is led by a city manager. 

U.S. Spending on Social Welfare Programs Is Way Up, But Far Less Of It Goes to the Poorest

Four decades of federal spending priorities, in charts. 

Beijing Just Handed Out the City's Largest-Ever Fine for Air Pollution—to a U.S. Joint Venture

A mid-sized boiler maker, not the city's many coal-fired power plants, was fined 300,000 yuans—the biggest fine to date.

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The Geography of the Anti-Agenda 21 Movement

A look at the legislation that's undermining sustainable planning across the U.S.

Americans Are Going to Juarez for Cheap Dental Care

Jessica Nitardy, a Mexican dentist, says the majority of her clients are Americans who can't afford treatment in the U.S.

Germany's Nightclubs Get Called Out for Racism

Munich's bouncers are allegedly turning away people of color without reason. Can a handful of lawsuits make that stop?

Rob Ford Caught Allegedly Smoking Crack on Video Again, 'Taking a Break'

In a statement, the mayor said he'll be taking a "leave" from his campaign and official duties, but has no plans to step down.

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The 5 U.S. Counties Where Racial Diversity Is Highest—and Lowest

Why are Alaska's Aleutian Islands so ethnically mixed? And other questions from a new map of U.S. populations.