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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.

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2/3 of Sandy-Damaged Homes in N.Y. Were Outside the 100-Year Flood Zone

One more sign it's time to rethink our planning for natural disasters.

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How an Infrastructure Stimulus Could Boost Job Growth

The equation is simple: Build stuff and employ more public workers.

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Will We Finally See an Increase to State and Federal Gas Taxes?

Long a political poison, lawmakers are bringing fuel charges back to the bargaining table.

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The City of Lights Is About to Go Dark

Starting in 2013, Paris will shut off all neon lights between 1 and 7 a.m. Will it kill the city's famous nightlife?

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In Seattle, Hundreds of Same-Sex Couples Line Up to Marry

Gay marriage became legal in Washington today. And some couples weren't wasting any time.

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Salt Lake City Battles Metastasizing Parking Lots: This Week in Bans

Also, an Indian town tries to prevent adultery by taking away women's phones and Washington, D.C., stops being so uptight about booze.

The New Rise of Segregated Schools

Districts that stopped forcing schools to mix students by race have seen a gradual but significant -return of racial isolation, especially at the elementary level.

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Inevitable Commercialism of the Day: New Hampshire May Sell Naming Rights to Infrastructure

Seriously, how did it take this long?

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How Dave Brubeck Used His Talents to Fight for Integration

As a white jazz musician in a segregated country, he fought for his black bassist.

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Who Will Keep America From Going Over the Infrastructure Cliff?

Highways and bridges need trillions in upgrades. And more and more, it's local governments that are bearing the costs.

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Diversity: Another GOP Disadvantage

At what thresholds of diversity does a single county turn blue?

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Unsolicited Political Advice of the Day: Mitt for Mayor!

And other juicy tidbits.

When Calling Someone Australian Is Racist

An international incident sheds light on the trans-Tasman rivalry with New Zealand and the limits of criminalizing speech.

MPI's Zara Matheson

The Leading U.S. Cities for LGBT Equality

They are mostly found on the coasts, according to a new study.

Why the Urban-Rural Voting Divide Matters

Partisan lines that once fell along regional borders can increasingly be found at the county level. What does that mean for the future of the United States?

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What Made Newark Teachers Agree to Pay Reform?

It's the first city in the country to create a comprehensive merit pay system. Here's how they did it.