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Does Every City Need A Chief Resilience Officer?

The Rockefeller Foundation plans to fund positions in 100 cities worldwide.

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Mayor of the Day: Bobby Tufts, Age 4

This is what happens when you choose your mayor by drawing names from a hat.

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The Correlation Between Gun Deaths and the Assault Weapons Ban

According to new data, gun deaths declined the fastest when the federal law was in place.

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The Murky Ethics and Uncertain Longevity of Privately Financed Public Parks

As the new generation of state-of-the-art parks begins to age, will we live to regret creative financing models?

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More Evidence That Marlins Park Was a Horrible Deal for Miami

The city still can't find tenants to fill up retail spaces along the stadium's parking garages.

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How to Resurrect an Urban School District

Cincinnati has improved students' test scores by fostering cooperation between teachers, administrators, and local community service organizations.

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Does Michigan's Emergency-Manager Law Hurt Black Citizens Disproportionately?

"It totally decimates democracy."

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New York City May Let Non-Citizens Vote

It would be the first major U.S. city to do so.

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The Demographic Milestone of the 2012 Election

For the first time, blacks voted at a higher rate nationally than whites.

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Today's California Supreme Court Decision Gives Cities the Right to Shut Down Marijuana Dispensaries

The ruling came down to concerns over land use, not weed.

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Why Your 'Green Lifestyle' Choices Don't Really Matter

All the upcycling in the world can't alter the fact that fossil fuels are safely embedded at the center of our global energy system.

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The Potential Perils of Rapid-Fire Urbanization

Former Barcelona mayor Joan Clos warns that a lack of urban planning could turn our expanding cities into powder kegs.

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The 2 Battles That Helped Launch the Environmental Movement

From the Love Canal disaster to Greenpeace's efforts to save the whales and beyond, a new documentary tracks the rise of environmentalism.

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Does Having Lots of Local Governments Help or Hurt Economic Development?

The number of local governments per capita is negatively correlated with key measures of state economic performance.

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Terrifying Images From California's Latest Wildfires

Already, 10,000 acres of the Los Angeles area have been torched.

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The Insanely Clear-Cut Case for Region-Based Immigration Visas

State governments are in a far better position to understand the immigration needs of the towns and cities within their borders.

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Has the Christian Church Forgotten Its Urban Roots?

Two pastors make the case that American Christians need to shed their "anti-urban bias" before their religion becomes marginalized.

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Map of the Day: The Geography of Unmarried Mothers

Flagstaff, Arizona, had the highest share of new mothers that were unmarried and Cheyenne, Wyoming, had the lowest.

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Workers Around the World Unite for May Day

For much of the world, the beginning of May evokes not May poles but protests.