Politics

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When It Comes to Cutting Carbon, Cities May Be More Powerful Than National Governments

Mayors have direct control of 75 percent of emission sources in their cities, according to a new report.

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The Birth of Zoning Codes, a History

Or, how Americans learned to legislate our NIMBY impulses.

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Officials Gone Wild: You Can't Go Naked in Public Without Consequences

The crimes, blunders and everyday embarrassments of our esteemed municipal leaders.

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Do Americans Really Want More Planning?

An APA poll says yes. But what do those numbers really mean?

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Buffalo's Convention Center Blues

Buffalo's aging convention center is struggling. What should become of it now?

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Fear and Loathing in Athens

Headlines tell of a city gripped by violent riots, but the reality is more complicated.

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The Demise of a City

Scenes from Syria's Homs.

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Can Bloomberg's $9 Million Mayors Challenge Really Make a Difference?

At least one massively successful city innovation, 311, suggests it can.

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What a Turn Toward Traditionalism Looks Like in Jakarta

The dance of the "Human Theaters."

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What If Mayors Ruled the World?

With Washington paralyzed by political dysfunction, is it time for mayors to take over?

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The Mathematical Puzzle That Is the Complexity of the City

How, if at all, can we quantify the relative complexity of a place?

Mark Byrnes

After Years of Controversy, a Museum Urbanizes

Long hidden in the suburbs, a world-famous art collection gets a new home in downtown Philadelphia.

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Introducing Officials Gone Wild: A Blotter of Local Leaders Behaving Badly

It's hard to keep up with all the minor political scandals out there. Let us help you with this weekly list.

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Is It Time to Stop Building Convention Centers?

The convention center market is over-saturated, but the race to keep building them bigger and better hasn't slowed.

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Potholes Are Big Politics in San Diego

Amid a contested mayoral race, deferred road maintenance costs end up front and center.

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The Geography of Abortion

America's deepest economic and political divides are reflected in the rate of abortions across the 50 states.

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The D.C. Government's All-Star Embarrassments

The hits just keep on coming for the District of Columbia's elected leaders.

5 Ways Data Can Save After-School Programs

Using information to improve programs, even when money's tight.

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Dead Pipe Dream of the Day: Syracuse's 'Destiny USA'

It's surely just as well.