Politics

The Improbable Expectations of Bill de Blasio

New Yorkers want a new brand of leadership and a new direction from City Hall. Can de Blasio possibly deliver?

Urbanist Buzzwords to Rethink in 2014

Yes, including the word "urbanism."

What's the Most Surprising Thing You've Learned About Being a Mayor?

On becoming a waste management and parking policy expert.

317,297,938 Reasons to Celebrate the New Year

The U.S. enters 2014 with a brand new population estimate.

2013's Most Terrifying Weather Disasters

In photos.

New York City Is Safer Than Ever—Even With Less 'Stop and Frisk'

The use of stop and frisk has declined 60 percent, and the murder rate is the lowest it's been since the early 1960s. 

We Urgently Need to Fix the Gas Tax

It's not too soon to start discussing how to keep the Highway Trust Fund from bankruptcy.

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.

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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.