Politics

The Depressing Political Reality Keeping Kids Hungry When School's Out

During the summer, students who qualify for free lunches often don't eat them. There's a way to fix that, if only Congress would act.

In 1961, Harvard Told Married Women They Probably Shouldn't Bother Studying Urban Planning

An amazing look back at an applicant's correspondence with the Graduate School of Design.

The Senate's 'Elitist, White-Boy' Plan to Fight Gangs Is Right

Rep. Bobby Rush's attacks ignore the facts and dishonor law-abiding Chicagoans trying to lead their lives.

Photos

Occupy Istanbul? Inside the Growing Mini-City at Gezi Park

There are tents, libraries, free food, even free hugs. But how long will it be allowed to last?

Someone Got Attacked by a 'Pipe-Wielding Thug' Over the Rob Ford Video

The attacker stormed the home where the video was allegedly shot, demanding to be put in touch with the drug dealer who supplied the Mayor.

Next Economy

Milwaukee Looks to Shake Off Its Rust-Belt Image

A conversation with Mayor Tom Barrett.

Philadelphia Is Ground Zero in the Fight to Save Catholic Schools

A peek at the archdiocese's unprecedented push to bring back its struggling schools.

Next Economy

Fixing a Neighborhood by Strengthening Its Social Ties

Taking small actions that give people a sense of pride in their neighborhood isn't a crazy starting point for uplifting a community like Lindsay Heights.

The Rob Ford Crack Cocaine Video Is Out of Reach ... For Now

According to Gawker, the sellers are "running scared."

Maps

Map of the Day: Pangea, With Modern-Day Borders

If today's geopolitical divisions existed when Stegosauruses roamed the earth, the world might have looked something like this.

Why You Shouldn't Get Too Worked Up About the FBI's Latest Crime Stats

Crime was up in 2012, but it's not a sign darker days are coming.

Photos

The Bizarre Fake Storefronts Northern Ireland Is Building for the G8

The country is spending 2 million pounds to hide its blight from world leaders.

Cover Story Showdown: 'Time' vs. 'New York Times Magazine' on Chicago

Two national magazines take on dissecting the city in the same week. Who wrote it best?

Videos

A Filmmaker's Scathing Critique of Istanbul's Urban Planning Policies

A 2011 documentary paints a frightening picture of the way bulldozers, bankers, and politicians are demolishing the city without regard to the environment.

New York's Deadly Gun Violence Spike

25 people were shot in just 48 hours last weekend, bringing the yearly figure to 440 shootings — with six more fatalities.

How Rob Ford Could Save Toronto: Best #Cityreads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

Violence, Tear Gas Greet Protests to Save One of the Last Public Parks in Istanbul

The battle over Gezi Park has become a symbol of opposition to the city's massive urban upheaval.

Why It's So Hard to Contextualize Gun Deaths

Comparisons to car accidents or prescription drug overdoses offer little insight.

Northern Ireland Is Building a Fake Town With Government Money

Officials are putting up sham businesses to try to prove austerity works.