The High, Hidden Cost of Gun Violence

We spend hundreds of millions of dollars each year treating shooting victims at hospitals.


Vivid Scenes of Life Along the Scottish Border

Next year, Scots will get to vote for their independence from the UK. In border towns, the issue hasn't gotten too many people riled up.

Shutterstock/Steven Bostock

The City of Utrecht Wants to Convince Mentally Ill Marijuana Users to Smoke Better Pot

This fall, the city will distribute a "special cannabis variant" to a select group of mentally ill addicts.


At Least 3 Dead in Colorado Flooding

Thousands are relocating to higher ground.


Bill de Blasio Feels Your Pain

The secret to the Democratic mayoral frontrunner's success is all about the current emotional state of New Yorkers.


How Bucharest Ended Up With One of the World's Worst Stray Dog Problems

64,000 feral dogs roam the Romanian capital's streets. But getting that population under control is a physical and political challenge.

Why Urban States Need Their Rural Counties

And vice versa.


Why Is Voter Turnout for Mayoral Elections Always So Abysmally Low?

At least this guy voted today in New York City.


How Climate Change Made the Violence in Syria Worse

International security experts explain how low rainfall can evolve into violent conflict.


Chinese Tourists Aren't as Hot on the U.S. and France as They Are on South Korea

There's plenty of buzz about Chinese tourists flocking to Paris for luxury goods. But the top tourist destinations are a bit closer to home.


There Are a Lot of Ways to Visualize Stop-and-Frisk. This One Is the Best

BKLYNR's "All the Stops" feature visualizes stop-and-frisk data independent of its geography.


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.

Illustration by Mark Byrnes

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.

Orlando City Soccer Club

A Radical Idea for Changing How Cities Finance Stadiums

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