Politics

The Troublesome Connection Between City Trees and Income Inequality

A new study finds a strong correlation between income level and canopy cover. But the solution involves more than just planting additional trees.

In Cape Town, Students Topple a Relic of Apartheid

After a month of protests and sit-ins, a statue of a white imperialist has finally been removed from South Africa's leading university.

Downtown Athens Isn't Dead, But It Could Still Use a Revamp

The city center, which isn't in great condition, is about to undergo a major transformation. Will people miss the way it is now?

Videos

What Your Upstairs Neighbors Are Really Doing

Are they assembling furniture? Bowling? Partying on a weeknight? A new video reveals the truth.

What Rahm Emanuel's Win Means for the Left

The Chicago Mayor secured a second term Tuesday, but grassroots progressives in the Windy City still see opportunity. Are they right?

Why L.A.'s $1.4 Billion Sidewalk Repair Case Is Such a Big Deal

Los Angeles isn't the only jurisdiction that's been forced to confront its sidewalk problems by disability-rights advocates, and it won't be the last.

Maps

An Extremely Detailed Geography of Climate Change Beliefs

Who's most worried about global warming in America?

What We Can Learn From Mapping America's Disjointed Bike Lanes: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

California's New Water Restrictions Demand Transparency From Farmers

Governor Jerry Brown has finally called out how poorly the state accounts for agricultural water use.

Should American Schools Have a 4-Day Week?

With schools strapped for funds, some districts are considering lopping off a full day of teaching.

CityFixer

'Bikes vs. Cars' Wages the Wrong War

A review of Fredrik Gertten's new documentary.

Maps

Further Proof That It's Hard to Be a Mets Fan

Facebook data of baseball allegiances shows the geography of fandom.

Inside the Push to Put Climate Change Warnings on Gas Pumps

The Bay Area wants to apply the tobacco-labeling approach to fuel.

When Providing Abortions in a 'Spa-Like' Atmosphere Is Progress

Carafem, a new pharmaceutical-only abortion clinic in D.C., aims to foster an environment that is calming, supportive—and unabashedly advertised.

Visualizing the Global Gender Gap

A new visualization charts the great lengths countries must go to achieve gender equality.

Photos

How New York, Chicago, and L.A. Explain the 1960s and '70s

The City Lost and Found explores a turbulent time in the U.S. by looking to the country's three largest cities.

Texas City Opts for 100 Percent Renewable Energy—to Save Cash, Not the Planet

It's not about going green for Georgetown, Texas.

The Precedent-Setting Possibilities of the New Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston

The "Lion of the Senate" may have been a special case, but it's not hard to imagine more senatorial libraries down the road.

Navigator

Assault on the Subway: What Can a Bystander Do?

There are ways to intervene that don't involve putting yourself in danger.