Politics

NoRobFord

'If Elected, I Promise I Will Just Get Publicly Drunk'

But this 'candidate' for Toronto mayor says he won't threaten to kill anyone! In a city run by Rob Ford, that's progress.

Reuters

America's Biggest Metros Are Growing Much Faster Than Other Cities

The population of cities with more than a million people jumped 3.2 percent, much better than the 2.4 percent for the U.S. overall.

Associated Press

Madrid's Mayor Wants to Ban City Center Protests

Ana Botella says demonstrations like the ones over the weekend are a detriment to the city's image.

Associated Press

Charlotte's Mayor Gets Out of Jail and Resigns

Patrick Cannon was arrested Wednesday by FBI agents, and accused of taking $48,000 in bribes from undercover agents.

Reuters

Rio's Relentless Beach Pollution

Nearly 70 percent of the city's sewage spills, untreated, into the Atlantic Ocean and Guanabara Bay.

The Geography of Small Talk

How you start a conversation with a stranger depends on where you live.

Maps

The Most and Least Healthy Counties in the U.S.

How college education, housing, and transit affect the health status of Americans.

Luz Interruptus

Protesters Use Sex Dolls to Rally Against Spain's Anti-Abortion Law

Say hello to one of the creepiest pieces of public art in recent history.

Mahim Maher

Can Text Messaging Solve Karachi's Incredible Unpaid Water Bill Problem?

In a city of 20 million people, most don't pay their water bills. So the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board has begun playing the religion card.

Associated Press

Air Pollution Now Linked to 1 out of Every 8 Deaths in the World

It's the single largest environmental health risk today.

Reuters

Why China's Cities Need to Get Denser, Not Bigger

If Guangzhou had the same density as Seoul, it could accommodate another 4 million more people on top of its current 15 million.

Reuters

Climate Change May Make Terrible Mudslides More Common

More intense rainstorms will make follow-on events like flooding and landslides much more common.

Next Economy

Former Atlanta Mayor: 'I Regret That I Didn't Do More'

Shirley Franklin reflects on the difficulty of combatting economic inequality when times are good and voters have other priorities.

Reuters

A Tour of the Eerie Villages France Never Rebuilt After WWI

After the Battle of Verdun left hundreds of thousands dead, the towns-turned-battlefields sat empty out of respect.

Associated Press

What Applying to Charter Schools Showed Me About Inequality

Charters are not a comprehensive solution to public education's problems.

Reuters

Crimea Is Causing a Minor Crisis for Cartographers

How should maps refer to disputed territories?

Associated Press

How the Police Describe the Rob Ford Crack Video

The Toronto mayor's never-ending saga.

Reuters

A Map of God's Countries

The places where people think faith is necessary to be a good person.

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Why a Brand-New $10 Million Library Has Been Sitting Empty for Months

One unfortunate outcome of California doing away with redevelopment agencies.