Politics

Crime Reduced, But at a Cost

Extending prison sentences can reduce recidivism, but it's also hugely expensive.

J. Taylor Wallace

The Tea Party Is Not Happy With Chicago's Sarah Palin Sculpture

The artist behind the Palin-shaped public art has been informed: "You will be the next one to burn."

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The Most Democratic Town in the World

One Swiss town takes democracy to a new level.

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The Limits of Metropolitan Planning Organizations

They often lack the authority they need to get things done.

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Oslo Takes its Streets Back from Terror, with a Song

More than 40,000 people showed up in the rain in a show of defiance against admitted mass killer Anders Behring Breivik.

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Greek Cities Gear Up for a Contentious Election

A far-right party gains a foothold.

Samuel Arbesman

The Invisible Borders That Define American Culture

We can be connected (or disconnected) based on where we move, how we speak, and even what sports teams we root for.

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Money Problem of the Day: Cities That Can't Afford Elections

As many as 20 municipalities could face major problems come November, according to one expert.

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When Citizens Make a Budget, Can They Look Beyond Their Own Neighborhoods?

That's the question in Vallejo, the first American municipality to approve citywide participatory budgeting.

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As Chicago Approves its Infrastructure Bank, Cities Across the Country Watch and Wait

The first-of-its-kind measure will allow the city to accept billions in private financing for infrastructure projects.

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The Most (and Least) Peaceful Places in America

A new report tracks violence and incarceration rates across America's states and metros.

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Status Quo of the Day: Rent Control in NYC

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a case that could have made rent control illegal in New York.

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A Citywide English Lesson for Sochi, Russia

Preparing for crowds of foreigners when it hosts the 2014 Winter Olympics, a city looks to expand its vocabulary.

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These Cities Really Hate Junk Mail

Which American communities have made the strongest attempts to suppress postal advertising?

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Dems Like Cities Better than Republicans; Everybody Loves Seattle

New polling suggests a distinct partisan divide when it comes to Americans’ opinions about cities.

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London's Next Top Mayor

The race to be mayor of London has devolved into personalities, but serious economic and social issue confront the city and its next mayor.

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A Budget By (and For) the People

More and more cities are experimenting with participatory budgeting. But who really gets to decide how the money is spent?

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Can Georgia Shake Its Post Soviet Past With Bold New Buildings?

The country's 21st century architecture is eye-catching, but it's not doing much to revitalize the economy.

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Bad Zoning Can Ruin Your Kid's Life

A new report examines the link between standardized test scores and restrictive zoning regulations.