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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.

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Can All-Women Cities Solve Saudi Arabia's Productivity Problem?

Seems unlikely since a segregated city will never be as creative as a diverse one.

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Portland Might Finally Add Some Fluoride to Its Water

Local groups are calling on officials to add the tooth-protector to public water supplies, citing poor dental health in kids.

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What Makes a Public Space Good for Democracy?

The best world capitals to raise a democratic ruckus. 

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Facts and Fictions of D.C.'s Gentrification

Urban comebacks like the District of Columbia's can come at a price. This past week showed how sore a subject this still is.

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The Nazi Olympics, Revisited

A new exhibit at Pittsburgh’s Holocaust Center explores the most infamous of Games.

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The Startling Urban Dynamic in Pennsylvania's Voter ID Law

Philadelphia voters are in uncharted territory as the state fights over restrictive new ID legislation.

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Using Data Streams to Catch Criminals

A new NYPD system allows police to quickly collect data from cameras, crime reports, and 911 calls. What's the impact on our privacy?

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This Week in Bans: It's Criminal To Say Men Have 'No Balls'

Also, a British city forbids its own employees from watching the Olympics and a Tennessee burg attacks noisy street preaching.

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Why America's Religious Jews May Not Be Able to Move Back Downtown

Constructing the necessary "religious infrastructure" takes much more effort in existing dense neighborhoods.

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For L.A. Residents Fed Up With Helicopter Noise, a Final Straw

A violin solo at the Hollywood Bowl gets drowned out, and a revolt is born.

How Much Should a Bankrupt City Pay Its Retired Police Officers?

A former chief in Stockton, California, is making $204,000 a year. This is unsustainable, and it needs to stop.

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How Sewage Reveals a City's Drug Habits

A multi-city study of wastewater shows how drug use varies.

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Confessions From Sin City

Private fears of unrequited love, heartbreak, and dying alone are put on display for all to see.

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Why New Orleans Should Have a Daily Newspaper

Who does the city's newspaper really belong to? Not the Newhouses.