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Seattle Tries Again to Outlaw Assault Weapons: This Week in Bans

Also, a Canadian city goes after bullies and a Chicago alderman takes the war on pigeons to a new level.

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A Transit Chief in the Mayor's Office?

MTA leader Joe Lhota is expected to resign today to prepare for a mayoral run.

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The Typical Municipal Budgeting Process Is Rigged Against Infrastructure Investments

There's a major structural problem built into how cities spend their money. Here's what we can do about it.

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Mourners Gather in Newtown

On Sunday, President Obama pledged to "use whatever power this office holds" to prevent another mass shooting.

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The Sad and Telling Reaction of School Districts Everywhere to Sandy Hook

Monday brings an awkward mix of grief and preparation.

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How to Make Privately Owned Public Spaces Truly Open to the Public

The city of San Francisco has now mapped all of its downtown POPOS, and it's ensuring for the first time that residents really have access to them.

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Why St. Louis May Not Be Able to Stem its Asthma Epidemic

The city has one of the highest rates in the country, and efforts to cut smokers out just aren't working.

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6 Timelines That Explain America's Persistent Gun Culture

Trends in gun ownership, attitudes and violence have shifted notably over the past few decades.

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Gun Violence Is an Everywhere Issue

Americans can no longer pretend that shooting deaths are a problem relegated to the inner city.

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How Japan Has Virtually Eliminated Shooting Deaths

In part by forbidding almost all forms of firearm ownership, Japan has as few as two gun-related homicides a year.

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Even the World's Top Experts Aren't Sure What New York Should Do to Prevent Another Sandy

A star-studded panel discussion highlights just how much uncertainty faces the storm-damaged city.

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How the Mafia Is Ruining Naples's Food Scene

Pollution and illegal dumping have destroyed area farms, creating a kind of anti-locavore movement.

Beijing Tries to 'Rectify' Jaywalkers: This Week in Bans

Also, Albuquerque is left vulnerable after outlawing barbed wire and a British ice cream-truck driver who rocked too hard is shut down.

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How $25 Could Keep More People Out of Nursing Homes

A little extra spending on delivering meals can dramatically increase the number of seniors who live independently.

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What Marriage Equality Could Mean for Urban Economies

Demographer Gary Gates explains how the Supreme Court's gay marriage decisions could impact cities.

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India's Optimist

Urban India is not known for its orderliness. But Bish Sanyal says there's reason to be hopeful.

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Meet the Woman Tasked With Saving New York From the Next Sandy

Judith Rodin will help design a "climate-conscious overhaul" of New York's infrastructure before the next storm rolls in.

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Outdoor Smoking Bans: Impossible to Enforce, or Inevitable?

Declaring public space smoke-free is becoming exponentially more common. Enforcing it is not.

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What Should the Israeli-Palestinian Border Look Like? You Decide

A new interactive tool allows you to decide how many Israeli settlers to annex and what constitutes a viable Palestinian state.