Politics

How to Revive America's Neglected Local Cemeteries

The living can transform a domain of the dead into a valued community asset.

The Troubled Relationship Between Texas and FEMA

Texans don’t trust the federal government. But the state relies on federal disaster funds more than any other.

The World Is Either Becoming a Much More Peaceful Place … or It Isn’t

A scholarly debate over the risk of war.

Texas Is Paying the Price for Its Lack of Flood Infrastructure

While cities along its rivers are growing the most dramatically, the state continues to forego any and all central planning for floods.

New Orleans' Tourism Industry Says the State's ‘Religious Freedom’ Order Is Bad for Business

City code already prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender or sex, sexual orientation or gender identification—so come on down! (Please.)

Voter Turnout in U.S. Mayoral Elections Is Pathetic, But It Wasn't Always This Way

A short history of how America’s urban voters stopped showing up at the polls.

The Texas Legislature's Last-Minute Stealth Move to Block High-Speed Rail

Whether or not the budget rider will survive remains to be seen.

Why Congress Can't Solve America's Infrastructure Crisis

Lawmakers can’t agree on how to pay for the Highway Trust Fund for the remainder of the year, let alone for the next decade.

To Fix Baltimore, Start With the Kids

Mental health resources, affordable child care, and better police relations would go a long way toward improving the lives of disadvantaged youths.

The Definition of a Game-Changer: L.A.'s $15 Minimum Wage

Tuesday’s vote sets the bar for wage standards in the biggest U.S. cities.

Why Fit Cities Aren't Enough

The annual ranking of fittest cities doesn’t address important inequalities.

How Cities and Counties Are Taking the Lead on Child Care

Absent federal action, local jurisdictions are increasingly looking for ways to help working parents.

Mega-Events Are a Disease

Seven reasons they’re so terrible for cities.

Videos

'The Last Black Man in San Francisco' Searches for Home in a Fast-Changing City

Now fundraising on Kickstarter, a film by two S.F. natives will grapple with race, class, displacement, and the importance of friendship.

Apparently, Young People Are Moving to Brooklyn: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

Berkeley Goes All 'Berkeley' With Cell Phone Warnings

The city wants retailers to caution consumers about RF radiation.

Mapping New York's Irrepressible Gay Nightlife

The interactive project OUTgoing aims to map the history of New York City’s queer bars.

How #BlackLivesMatter Is Changing the Philadelphia Mayor's Race

One Democratic candidate has switched up his rhetoric on criminal justice reform entirely, but voters don’t appear to be buying it.

Debunking the Myth That Only Drivers Pay for Roads

Landing on the moon was still a wild dream the last time gas taxes paid nearly the full cost of our roads.