Politics

Brussels Tests Out Broken-Window Theory by Targeting Public Jerks

Also in This Week in Bans: a lonesome howl is heard as Germany outlaws bestiality, Cambridge University orders its students to stop throwing flour at each other.

From Coffee Cups to Climate Change, Do Local Efforts Really Matter?

Plastic bag and Styrofoam bans may seem like small potatoes. But local legislation often inspires bigger fixes.

CityFixer

6 Questions for Defenders of D.C.'s Height Limit

This urban economist would really like to know the answers.

How Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Got Himself Removed From Office

The controversial mayor of Canada's largest city is out of a job as of this morning, thanks to a technicality.

What Republicans Are Really Up Against: Population Density

To win in 2016, the party needs to revamp their stance on urban policies.

A Vision of a Carbon-Zero Urban Future: An Interview with Alex Steffen

How the world's wealthiest cities can beat back climate change.

Is Cory Booker's Star Fading?

An attempted power grab nearly started a riot at the Newark City Council meeting.

Building Cities for the Families of Today

American families look a lot different than they did 50 years ago. Here's how we can build the housing and transportation they need.

Poverty Is Not Just a Problem for Single Parents

Half of poor parents raising kids under 18 are now married, a rate that has grown almost 50 percent since 2000.

A New Policy That Incentivizes Walkable Neighborhoods

Massachusetts pushes diverse, dense zoning.

How France Built Inequality Into Its Cities

Planners have created isolated urban enclaves that keep the country’s immigrant population separate.

'This Isn't a Way to Live'

What the latest Israel-Palestine conflict looks like on the ground.

CityFixer

The Urbanist Case for Keeping D.C.'s Height Restrictions

It’s bad enough that our suburbs look like everywhere, USA. Let’s not let that happen to our central city.

Maps

Why a Browser Called Opera Is So Hot in Europe's Last Police State

Opera is surprisingly popular in Belarus, thanks to the country's socialist regime.

Inside the International Fight Over the Paris Skyline

Moscow is reportedly putting diplomatic pressure on French President Francois Hollande to allow an orthodox cathedral near the Seine.

Why Urban Voters Matter: 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.

The Real Reason So Many Teachers Quit Their Jobs

We thought they were fleeing poor training or poor salaries, but it looks like principals are the the problem.

The Incredible Missile Battle Above Israel

The skies have been absolutely insane this week. 

Husbands Can No Longer Rape Wives in the Solomon Islands: This Week in Bans

Also, Portland's City Council rushes to remove agitators, and Uganda's biggest city decides to get rid of single-family houses.