Politics

Yes, Amsterdam Really Did Banish an Entire Family to a Shipping Container 'Scum Village'

The city has sent a "socially disruptive" family to Zeeburger Island, an ex-industrial port zone monitored by a heavy police presence.

How 5 Decades of Hispanic Immigration Gave Miami Its Own Unique English Dialect

Even native English speakers now sound slightly Latino. 

What Austerity Looks Like in Lisbon

The once-bustling capital is now floundering.

Tokyo's Winning 2020 Olympics Bid Will Only Worsen Japan's Debt Headache

The city estimates the Games will cost between $5 and $6 billion and include the construction of 21 new sporting venues.

As Cuts to SNAP Benefits Loom, Food Pantries Can Only Guess How to Prepare

Will anti-hunger groups across the country be expected to provide millions of extra meals next year, or billions?

All You Really Need to Know About the 2020 Summer Olympics Bids

A cheatsheet on which city might be chosen as the next future host of the Summer Olympics—Tokyo, Madrid, or Istanbul.

Why Can't We Just Host the Olympics in the Same Place Every Year?

Economists agree: the Olympics are bad for cities. There's an obvious solution.

A Radical Idea for Changing How Cities Finance Stadiums

Instead of asking taxpayers for corporate welfare, teams could treat them like investors. 

Here Come the Biggest Walmart Protests Since Black Friday

The push for Walmart to pay its workers a living wage of $25,000 goes national today as employees plan protests in 15 cities.

Why Fewer Students in College Is Good for the Economy

There were nearly half a million fewer people enrolled in higher education in 2012, and that's a good sign.

Ariel Castro and the Reality of Suicide Behind Bars

He had the perfect profile for a prisoner suicide. 

Even if Private Schools Didn't Exist, There Would Still Be Rich Suburbs

Families with options find all sorts of ways to avoid under-performing schools.

Maybe Start Practicing Saying 'New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio'

He's leading two new polls.

Sorry Colorado and Washington, You Still Can't Buy Pot With a Credit Card

Why it only makes sense for companies like American Express to stick with federal rules, at least for now.

'The Accidental Playground': Why What We Need in Our Parks Is More Freedom

It was paved in broken concrete, overgrown with weeds, and strewn with broken glass. In other words, it was the perfect urban recreation space.

Can Drastic New Anti-Pollution Rules Help Clean Up Beijing's Air?

The city is rolling out a series of regulations to cut emissions over the next five years.

Superstorms Like Sandy Might Be Less Likely to Hit New York City, Thanks to Climate Change

Scientists expect stronger hurricanes. But according to a new study, the East Coast is at lower risk of a direct hit.

A Woman in a Wig Claims to Be Committing Revenge Murders Against Bus Drivers in Juarez, Mexico

Emails say that the murders are acts of vengeance for a series of sexual assaults. 

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

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