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Turkey's Slide Into Urban Planning Autocracy

A new Bosphorus bridge is fast becoming Istanbul's most contested project – not least because the government will stop at nothing to get it built.

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Spitzer and Weiner Lead in New Poll

A little disgrace never hurt anyone, especially in New York City, where the scandal-plagued comeback kids are beating their straitlaced opponents.

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How Becoming Mayor Changed Rahm Emanuel on Immigration Reform

The former White House Chief of Staff has started to push for more liberal policies on the issue. Will the feds follow his lead?

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It's Not Just Zimmerman: Race Matters a Lot in 'Stand Your Ground' Verdicts

The Trayvon Martin case and how the definition of justice differs across America.

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The Important Difference Between a Public Space and a 'Common'

On building places that give a community its identity, and knit us together.

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Centuries-Old Gardens Are the Latest Battleground in Istanbul

The ongoing debate raises bigger questions about who benefits from the city's changing landscape.

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What's the Most-Loved Burger in Your City?

This map of Twitter data will show you.

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San Diego Mayor Apologizes for Unspecified 'Inappropriate' Treatment of Women

But he's not resigning, yet, in the face of vague allegations.

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Globalization Is The Unsung Champion of the Protests Around The World

The growing global middle class wants good schools and good governments, and they're letting their leaders know.

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Portland Confronts Years of Legal Limbo For a Downtown Homeless Camp

A judge is set to decide whether a tent city owes the municipal government thousands of dollars in fines.

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Vancouver Bans Coal – Let's See How That Goes

Your weekly look at all the stuff our elected leaders are outlawing.

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It Really Only Took About 20 Years for the U.S. to Turn Smokers Into Pariahs

How a policy built on very little data has transformed the way we view smoking.

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What Does a Comptroller Actually Do?

Could Eliot Spitzer really reinvent the job?

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A Chinese City Is Asking Private Companies to Pay Public Sector Salaries

Because it's broke.

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Maybe Bowling Alone Isn't So Bad After All

How clubs and community choirs may have contributed to the rise of Nazi Germany.

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The Sochi Winter Olympics Just Got A Lot More Expensive — and Dicey

A top Chechen rebel is urging militants to "do their utmost to derail" the Games.

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The Southwest's Forests May Never Recover From Megafires

"Abnormal" fire risks have become the new normal.

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How Walkability Shapes Political Activism

Social movement organizations are strongly correlated to key elements of cities.

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Europe's New War on Nightlife

Milan bans ice cream after midnight, Madrid bans noise. Has the continent lost its taste for fun?