Politics

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.

How Do Criminals Get Illegal Guns?

The short answer: We don't know.

Homelessness Is Up in New York City, But It's Down Everywhere Else

The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development says he's optimistic about the homelessness trends in many places.

A Whole Lot of Americans Would Be Angry if Their Public Library Closed

More people use them than you may realize.

The Surprisingly Stressful Life of a Greek Presidential Guard

The soldiers wear 7-pound shoes and stand motionless for more than 100 hours a month.

Why New Yorkers Are Hating on the NYPD's New Interactive Crime Map

The mapping system has some serious shortcomings. 

Life in Apartheid-Era South Africa

Gripping photos show what decades of segregation looked like in Nelson Mandela's home country.

Will the Greeks Ever Stop Smoking?

The country largely ignores a 2010 ban. This Christmas, that could change.