Politics

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.

China's 'War on Pollution' May End Up Accelerating Climate Change

The country has vowed to give up coal. But what will come next?

Disarmed: How Cities Are Losing the Power to Regulate Guns

A growing number of states bar municipalities—often the sites of the worst gun violence—from passing their own firearm laws, laying bare an urban-rural divide.

A Compelling New Documentary Series About Today's Chicago

CNN's Chicagoland manages to capture the drama of running a city.

Mississippi College Towns Are Leading the Fight for Gay Rights

Even as the state considers discriminatory legislation, places like Starkville and Oxford are passing "inclusivity resolutions."

Los Angeles City Council Approves E-Cig Ban

In public, at least.

D.C. Council Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana. What Happens Next?

How do you legalize drugs in the nation's capital?

The Aftermath of a Train Station Terror Attack in China

Officials say a separatist group is responsible for a knife attack Saturday that killed 29 and injured 130.