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The Summer of the Gun

The problem is not that the rest of the world seems so meaningless, it's how numbed we've become to the horror stories in our midst.

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Why Are Champaign-Urbana's Jaywalking Arrests Almost All Black?

Between 2007 and 2011, about 90 percent of those arrested were African American. How did this happen?

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The Rise of the Majority-Asian Suburb

In southern California, the number of Asian suburbs is growing rapidly.

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The Path of Tropical Storm Isaac: Will the GOP Get Drenched?

An update on the chances that an awful lot of comb-overs could get blown to smithereens.

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10 Signs the RNC Is a Way Bigger Deal for Tampa Than the Super Bowl

The city has plenty of experience putting on the NFL's big event. But hosting a convention will be something different.

This Week in Bans: The English and Their 'Extreme' Dog Dancing

Also, Oklahoma City outlaws Michigan sportswear and a face-kicking preacher is turned away from the U.K.

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This Is Your City on War

Scenes from Aleppo, Syria.

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Who Has the Right to Preserve a City's Past?

As an out-of-towner applies for historic designation, a city considers changing its rules on preservation.

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The Mississippi Drought, as Seen From Space

Satellite images show just how critical the situation has become.

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The Uncomfortable Politics Behind the History of Urban Fires

A new book offers a sweeping look at how fire – and the way we’ve responded to and manipulated it – has shaped cities in every part of the world.

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Has the London Mayor's Office Been Too Successful?

One columnist believes it has.

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Is Alcohol Apartheid Coming to Istanbul?

Istanbul's religious teetotalers, newly powerful with Islamism's rise, want to separate out the sinners.

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What Not to Bring to the 2012 Conventions

Your lasers, your bike locks, your pieces of wood, and any hopes you had of actually getting near the action.

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Can Baltimore Woo Immigrants?

The city prohibits police and social agencies from asking about immigration status and offers classes in Spanish. Will it work?

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Why Hasn't the Harlem Children's Zone Been Replicated Even Without Obama's Help?

As a candidate, Obama promised to bring this transformative program to 20 cities around the country. That didn't pan out, but is the president to blame?

This Week in Bans: Texas Boy Too Big to Play Pee-Wee Football

Also, zombies are banished in Siberia and Taiwan makes it legal to buy suicide materials.

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A Visual Guide to Bad Community Meetings

From arguments to interruptions, town hall meetings can be pretty inefficient.

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Cities Are Making Natural Disasters Deadlier

Poor design and over-development have put our burgeoning urban centers at serious risk.

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India's Trickiest Urban Planning Obstacle? Gandhi's Legacy

The stated preference of India's greatest citizen for village life may be holding his country back.