Politics

Who Is Bill de Blasio: Best #Cityreads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism.

7 More National Parks Threatened by Fire

Yosemite isn't the only park facing a growing risk of wildfires.

The Extraordinary 30-Year Growth of the U.S. Hispanic Population

In GIFs.

A Record-High Number of Young People Are Still Living With Their Parents: Why?

A story about jobs, bachelors, bachelor's degrees -- and a very weird government definition of "home."

The DOJ Just Announced It Won't Block Legal Pot in Colorado or Washington (Yet)

States will have to abide by federal guidelines. 

Why Is D.C. Abandoning an Effective Program That Keeps Kids Out of Jail?

The city's youth court just ran out of funding. Will anyone swoop in to save it?

The City Council of Columbia, South Carolina, Isn't Sure if it Voted to Kick Homeless People Out of Downtown Or Not

Some council members say they did not actually do what another city councilman said they did. 

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Admits to Doing Non-Crack Drugs

He smoked a lot of pot.

Nevada Prosecutors Want to Jail People for Chalk Art

Anti-police brutality activists in Las Vegas are facing graffiti and property defacement charges. 

The March on Washington, Then and Now

Photos of the benchmark 1963 event, side-by-side with images from today.

The Most Dangerous City in the World Is Not Where You Think It Is

There's a war brewing in Central America.

No, Mexican Drug Cartels Are Not Actually Operating in 1,286 U.S. Cities

How the National Drug Intelligence Center disseminated a bogus figure, and the media ate it up.

In Washington and Colorado, the Real Fight Will Come Down to Marijuana Businesses

Patrick Leahy has scheduled a hearing next month that advocates hope will finally provide some answers on how the Justice Department intends to handle state-legal pot.

D.C.'s Panic and Fear the Day Before the March on Washington

Memories from history's wild imagination, 50 years later.

The Astonishing Decline of Homelessness in America

... and why this quiet trend is about to reverse itself.

Zurich's Drive-In Prostitution Facility Is Officially Open for Business

The city says it wants to protect sex workers, but it's also clearly an attempt to keep prostitutes out of sight.

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to Resign; City Will Pay for His Legal Defense

The embattled mayor, who is facing accusations of sexual harassment from more than a dozen women, blamed a "lynch mob" of politicians and media interests for his ouster.

Putin Bans Protests, Most Drivers During the Sochi Olympics

And for a month before and after.

Being Homeless in Downtown Columbia, South Carolina, Might Be Against the Law

Police officers could be assigned to patrol the city center and keep homeless people out.