Politics

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No, Urbanization Does Not Inevitably Improve a Country's Economy

This new chart from the World Bank charts the uneven relationship between urbanization and GDP in Africa.

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Why People Still Post Front Yard Campaign Signs

Is there a more retro feature of American electoral politics, and why hasn't it died out yet?

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What People Worry About in China

The big concerns are much the same as in America: inequality, problems with the government, and the rising price of goods.

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A 'Daughter of the Nation'

Signs of support for Malala Yousufzai from around the world.

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Revolutionary Architecture: How Cuba's National Arts Schools Were Disgraced and Reclaimed

A golf course, a bold design, exile and return.

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How the GOP Lost Cities: Best #CityReads of the Week

Our weekly look back at the stories you may have missed.

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Why We Should Worry About the Drop in Immigrant-Led Start-Ups

New visa requirements are pushing American-trained foreigners to start their businesses in other countries.

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The Christian Case for Cities

In The Space Between, pastor Eric Jacobsen makes a compelling case that the faithful have a special calling to care for our urban spaces.

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What Really Drew Asian Immigrants to the Suburbs?

Perhaps, more than anything else, it was the allure of the "American Dream."

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Humanitarian Organizations Turn Their Attention to Europe

The Red Cross is now trying to raise millions for the urban poor there.

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St. Petersburg Moves To Outlaw Noisy Sex: This Week in Bans

Also, New York City cancels the livestream of a rebellious Rubber Room teacher, and Rhode Island pours grass killer on America's Lawn of Freedom.

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Is This Recording Enough to End Stop and Frisk?

Listen to the audio a 17-year-old secretly recorded of police disparaging his mixed-race appearance and threatening to break his arm.

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The Perils of Rust Belt Memes

National coverage of ruin and revival gloss over deeper truths about these cities.

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Athens Erupts in Anti-Merkel Protests

Lots of police clashes, and even a bit of nakedness.

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Bostonians Committed to School Diversity Haven't Given Up on Busing

Mayor Thomas Menino says busing is unpopular and outdated. So why are 10,000 Boston kids on a waiting list to be bused to higher-quality schools?

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The Geography of the Latino Vote

Hispanic voters could influence the presidential race in key battleground states.

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The Grim Consequences of Closing Urban Hospitals

New research from Philadelphia finds that the city's newborn mortality rate spiked after a spate of hospital closures.

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The Irreplaceable History Being Destroyed in Aleppo

The city's cultural treasures, including its Grand Mosque and centuries-old souk, are in danger of being permanently lost to the war.

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Yes, This Ad Is Offensive. But Free Speech Rides Public Transit, Too

Sometimes embracing free speech means sharing the subway with an ad that churns your stomach.