Politics

We Still Basically Have No Idea What Happened With the Amtrak 188 Derailment

Most notably: whether or not the engineer was using his cell phone.

How Municipal ID Cards Make Cities More Inclusive

They’re sensitive to gender identity as well as immigration status.

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A Remarkably Simple, Low-Cost Way to Reduce Juvenile Crime: Thinking Slow

The intervention has been effective in Chicago schools and detention centers.

St. Louis and Kansas City Join the Fight for a $15 Minimum Wage

The news comes just as Los Angeles finalizes its landmark increase.

How a Pair of Game-Changing Mayors Could Transform Madrid and Barcelona

Former judge Manuela Carmena and activist Ada Colau are each ready for a fight in their respective hometowns.

You Can Go to Jail For Having Very Noisy Sex

A British woman just learned the hard way: Your neighbors don’t share your happiness.

When Children Can't Breathe

Cities must take measures to protect their young residents from air pollution—now.

In Portland, Eco-Friendly Policies Don't Benefit Everyone: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

Minneapolis Has Major Racial Disparities in Its Policing

A new ACLU report shows that arrests for low-level offenses in the city skew heavily toward blacks. Including arrests that don’t “fit any crime.”

Once Upon a Time It Was Possible to Raise the Gas Tax

It’s been done before—by a Republican President, no less.

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A Lonely Life for Immigrants in America's Rust Belt

To be far from home in a major, diverse metropolis such as New York or Los Angeles is one thing. But those who have landed in small cities across the Midwest face a whole other sort of isolation.

Here Comes Summer, There Goes Your Running Water

In Detroit and Baltimore, residents behind on water payments prepare to go without. Why aren’t utilities going after delinquent big companies first?

The Case for Taxing Bottled Water

The public should be able to recoup some of the social, ethical, and environmental costs of bottled water.

How to Revive America's Neglected Local Cemeteries

The living can transform a domain of the dead into a valued community asset.

The Troubled Relationship Between Texas and FEMA

Texans don’t trust the federal government. But the state relies on federal disaster funds more than any other.

The World Is Either Becoming a Much More Peaceful Place … or It Isn’t

A scholarly debate over the risk of war.

Texas Is Paying the Price for Its Lack of Flood Infrastructure

While cities along its rivers are growing the most dramatically, the state continues to forego any and all central planning for floods.

New Orleans' Tourism Industry Says the State's ‘Religious Freedom’ Order Is Bad for Business

City code already prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender or sex, sexual orientation or gender identification—so come on down! (Please.)

Voter Turnout in U.S. Mayoral Elections Is Pathetic, But It Wasn't Always This Way

A short history of how America’s urban voters stopped showing up at the polls.