Politics

How President Obama's Budget Proposal Would Affect Cities

Three programs to watch as federal budget negotiations kick off.

England's Many Reactions to Margaret Thatcher's Death

A country known for its stiff upper lip lets loose with tears and champagne.

NYC Owes Occupy Wall Street $365,000

For the destructive raid on Zucotti Park.

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Mitch Landrieu on New Orleans's 'Economic Miracle'

The mayor on why his city is now a magnet for traditional businesses and startups alike.

Blacks Wait Longer Than Whites To Vote. Are Cities To Blame?

African Americans waited an average of 23 minutes to vote in the 2012 election, compared to 12 minutes for whites.

Your Wine Habit Is Threatening Endangered Pandas

Climate change is forcing a showdown between vineyards and sensitive habitats.

CityFixer

After the School Closings, the Real Estate Mess

As school districts downsize, they leave behind shuttered buildings. Finding new uses for them can be difficult, to say the least.

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How to Protect an Urban River From Pollution

A million people live in the Raritan River watershed, so any environmental action requires an impressive level of regional cooperation.

The Painfully Obvious Punishment We Should Impose on Cops Who Shoot Innocent People

Take away their guns. Forever.

Paris's Newest Lawnmowers Are ... A Flock of Black Sheep

It's all part of the city's new "eco-grazing" effort.

San Francisco's Trash Inspectors Get Up Earlier Than You Do

Behind the scenes of the city's aggressive campaign to monitor and educate people about exactly what should get thrown away.

China's Deadly Air Pollution Jumped 30 Percent This Year

In 2010, air pollution contributed to 1.2 million deaths and 2013 looks like it could be even worse.

Are Armed Guards in Schools a Civil Rights Violation?

Instead of funding an armed guard program, the Mississippi legislature should invest in a more holistic approach to discipline.

Saudi Arabia Will Let Women Ride Bicycles — But Only For Fun

No transportation!

New York Mayoral Hopeful Malcolm Smith Arrested for Bribery

The state senator was accused of trying to buy the support he needed to get on the Republican's mayoral ticket.

The Secret Lives of Garbage Men

Anthropologist Robin Nagle on the vital, hidden, and arcane sanitation system that enables cities to function.

Maps

How the Density of Your County Affects How You Vote

There's a decisive break between Democratic and Republican support at a population density of 800 persons/per square mile.

Bloomberg's Blind Spot on Class

From Sandy to the soda ban, the mayor really doesn't seem to be aware of his own subtext.

Do School Districts Matter?

According to a new study, their quality has little effect on student performance.