Politics

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.

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."