Politics

Asher J. Kohn

Imagining a Drone-Proof City

A sci-fi riff on Middle Eastern building traditions.

North Korea

Urban Annihilation Fantasy of the Day: Attacking the Nest of Wickedness, a.k.a. New York City

If destructive fantasies are, like imitation, a form of flattery, then New York City should feel pretty good about itself.

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The Surprising Role Jackie Kennedy Onassis Played in Saving Grand Central

A reminder of how celebrities can do good for cities.

Reuters

Sometimes Stuff Just Breaks

Would people be reacting the same way to the Super Bowl power outage if it had happened in any other city?

Reuters

Why Did a Skyscraper Just Blow Up in Mexico City?

At least 14 people are dead; scores more are still buried beneath the rubble.

Reuters

8 Pearls of Wisdom From Ed Koch

The late New York Mayor was never for want of words.

Reuters

55 Acronyms That Show Why We Should Be Scared for Our Coastlines

VBZD? "Vector-borne and zoonotic disease." SLCS? "Sea level change scenarios." CSO? "Combined sewer overflow."

Sean Posey

Defending Youngstown: One City's Struggle to Shrink and Flourish

"At some point you need to just turn the picture to the wall and move forward."

Reuters

Brooklyn's Hasidim and Playing By New York Rules

Self-organized groups of religious enforcers should not feel free to intimidate community members into silence.

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Government Absurdity of the Day: Will Britain Sponsor Anti-Britain Ads to Discourage Immigration?

"We've heard France is nice at all times of the year."

There Was a Shooting in Phoenix During the Senate's Gun-Violence Hearing

At least 5 people were injured when a gunman opened fire at an office building.

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The Separation of Church and Parking

Downtown San Francisco is the latest flashpoint in an ongoing debate over whether cities can still afford to not charge for parking on Sundays.

Reuters

Congress Passed the Sandy Aid Bill ... Now What?

Wrangling over the funds will have a big impact on recovery.

Reuters

What Daily Life Looks Like in Syria

The daily indignity of life at war.

Reuters

Stop Banning Public Nudity

Why blanket prohibitions are misguided.

The Citadel

America's Most Conservative Green Community

Walkability? Check. Car-free zone? Check. Glenn Beck endorsement? Check.

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A Ridiculous Proposal to Jail Boston's Saggy Pants Wearers for 3 Years

A Boston non-profit pushes the city to enforce the state's "chastity, morality, decency, and good order" laws more forcefully. What is the world coming to?

Reuters

Rob Ford Is Still the Mayor of Toronto

Three months after a judge ruled to remove him from office, our  favorite mayoral personality is back in business.

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Tough Talk from Cuomo: 'Maybe Mother Nature Doesn't Want You Here'

The governor proposes using some of the money from the Sandy relief bill to buy out property owners in the hardest-hit coastal regions.