Politics

Where Can You Go in Your City to Take a Break From Being Mayor?

Getting away from the job when you're always on the job.

New York Probably Will Lose Its (Population) Edge Over Florida

Florida is expected to edge out New York as the third most populous state in the 2013 census.

What Ideas Have You Copied or Borrowed From Other Cities?

Stealing is encouraged among mayors.

Can a City Really 'End' Homelessness?

Phoenix says it has among veterans. Next it's aiming for the broader homeless population.

The Year in Rob Ford

Never forget.

Boston's Outgoing Mayor Spent 20 Years Putting His Name on Everything

Thomas M. Menino leaves his successor with a particular problem.

Why Cities Can't Win in State Government

Big-city delegates have a tough time getting their way in state legislatures.

The Strange Saga of the Ousted Mayor of Bogotá

Gustavo Petro was impeached after his recycling program failed. The move could very well stifle municipal innovation there.

Photos

2013: The Year Deadly, Suffocating Smog Consumed China

It's not a new problem, but the country's struggle with air pollution has finally gone mainstream.

Report: Schools in American Cities Are Still a Mess

Charlotte, North Carolina, is doing well, though.

Detroit's Newly Elected Mayor Gets an Actual Job Description

The city's emergency manager reaches a power-sharing agreement.

A Checklist for Reforming the NYPD

How one group is pushing Bill de Blasio to make good on his campaign promises. 

Military Drones as Street Art

A new book provides detailed instructions on how to sketch the outline of a drone on a sidewalk near you.

We Don't Know Nearly As Much About the Link Between Public Health and Urban Planning As We Think We Do

Car culture may not be making us sick. Cities aren't necessarily healthier than suburbs.

What's the Most Frustrating Part of Your Job?

Mayors open up about the stuff that gets them down.

Bloomberg Plans to Give Out Free Advice on How to Copy Him

The outgoing New York mayor ramps up "Bloomberg Associates," a free consulting group for any city that will listen.

Next Economy

How One Mayor Pulled His City Back From the Brink of Bankruptcy

Providence's mayor tamed his city's money problems in just one term. Will that propel him to statewide office?

Videos

For Once, Here's a Video of a Cop in Action Doing Everything Right

This policeman could teach law enforcers a lesson in how to behave when a bystander is filming.

How People Outside of Kiev Feel About the Ukraine Protests

In industrial Donetsk, locals see the ongoing protests as economically dangerous. In tourist-friendly Lviv, it's a fight for self-preservation.