Politics

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Happy New Year! Now Give Up Your Cigarettes, Plastic Bags and Shark Fins

A round-up of new municipal laws from around the country

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How to Pay for America's Infrastructure

Should infrastructure banks replace our current system of funding roads and transit through grants?

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Meet Indiana's First African-American Female Mayor

Karen Freeman-Wilson, the newly elected mayor of Gary, faces an uphill battle but a low bar for success

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The Great California Sports Shuffle

Silicon Valley cities try to entice the A’s and 49ers to move into new digs

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Stopping a Movement While Saving Its Art

Los Angeles government officials are preserving some of the art created during Occupy Wall Street, the first major city to do so

Chart of the Day: The Biggest Human Gatherings

Visual.ly graphs the world's largest groups

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Fixing a City by Dividing It Up

Escondido is almost half Latino, but has elected only one Hispanic city councilman in 120 years. A new lawsuit aims to change that

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When Police Abuse Surveillance Cameras

What happens when officers turn the surveillance cameras off to hide their misbehavior?

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The Dumbest Local Politics Scandals of 2011

Forget Congress. For real stupidity in government, look closer to home.

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Price Tag of the Day: $10,000

That's the cost of securing an Occupy protest of 10 in the swanky town of Darien, Connecticut 

Happy Holidays From Your Mayor

The best in season's greetings

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The Social Media Avalanche and the Mayoral Communications Office

As criticism over the handling of Occupy camps heated up, not every mayor's office was prepared to deal with an international outpouring of negative opinion

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Winner of the Day: Buffalo

The city received the top score in a federal school funding challenge

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How the Tea Party Is Upending Urban Planning

Activists have opposed everything from environmental regulations to smart growth. What kind of long-term impact will they have?

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Why Land Use Planning Matters More Than Ever

On its 75th anniversary, the Urban Land Institute looks to the future

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Where the World's Best Universities Are

Despite a flagging economy and supposedly waning global influence, America still comes out on top

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An Encylopedia of Land Use Codes

Online depository highlights the best city codes throughout history

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Honduran Commuters Hurt by Rule to Prevent Drive-By Shootings

Temporary ban on motorcycle passengers will harm mobility in Honduras

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Why Sunlight Preservation Should Trump Local Control

Massachusetts is considering a bill that would limit sky rises, despite charges that it violates Boston's right to develop freely