Politics

Chicago Gets the Obama Presidential Library, But at What Cultural Cost?

The city’s South Side needs the jobs, money, and foot traffic the library may bring. But not at the expense of its vibrant historic parks.

Berlin's Increasingly Unhappy Relationship With Marijuana

The discovery of 700 marijuana plants is just the latest in an ongoing saga in and around Kreuzberg’s Görlitzer Park.

Congress Isn't Raising the Gas Tax, But These States Are

The federal Highway Trust Fund is running dry, but raising the federal 18.4-cent-per-gallon gas tax is a political nonstarter.

The Danger of the Left Turn Lane: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

Videos

Technicolor Footage of Berlin, Two Months After the End of World War II

On the 70th anniversary of VE Day, a remarkable film shows Berliners cleaning up a city in ruin.

As Diplomatic Negotiations Go Forward, a New Tehran Emerges

The Iranian capital is embracing a more global approach to urbanism, from arts to architecture.

Mexico City’s Mayor Cracks Down on Corruption

Miguel Angel Mancera is taking a number of steps against public officials taking bribes.

9 Things You Need to Know About the National Mall's Newest Museum

When it finally opens its doors, the National Museum of African American History and Culture will be one of the most contradictory institutions on the National Mall.

Life-Size 'Street Graphs' Illustrate London's Housing Crisis

Someone has been plastering existing utility boxes to represent shocking statistics on street corners.

No, the Feds Are Not Requiring Times Square to Remove Its Billboards

But why are Broadway and 7th Avenue now classified as national highways?

A New Strategy in NYC's War on Rats

Mayor de Blasio announces a $3 million assault on the city's ever-present vermin.

What 2 Battles Over Pedestrian Rights Say About L.A.'s Walkability

As the city becomes more foot-friendly, some car-centric habits die hard.

Southwest Airlines Hasn't Decided Whether or Not to Oppose Texas High-Speed Rail

The carrier has fought against a bullet train in the state before.

Videos

African Cities Are Discovering Themselves

The upcoming film Afripedia showcases the strengths and chaos of an urbanizing Africa.

Who Can Drink the Great Lakes' Water?

A Wisconsin city's request could redefine who has access to the fresh water supply.

The Protests in Tel Aviv and Baltimore Are Not the Same

Violence disrupted an anti-racism demonstration in Tel Aviv this weekend. But comparisons to Baltimore miss the mark.

Are Canadian Tourists Bad Tippers?

In Buffalo, service workers say "yes!"

Photos

After Violent May Day Protests, Milan's Expo 2015 Opens

"Four little hooligans with silver spoons in their mouths will not succeed in ruining the Expo," says Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

How Legalizing Squatting Became a Winning Issue in the Barcelona Mayor's Race

Mayoral candidate Ada Colau thinks squatters shouldn't be evicted from unused buildings. Some polls show she's in the lead.