Politics

Why Obama's New Pick for the EPA Will Be Good for Cities

Gina McCarthy has a strong record on regulating pollutants. But she also gets smart growth.

Why Are There So Many Sinkholes in Florida?

The peninsula is unstable terrain by dint of its particular geology.

How Rio Tamed Carnaval

A new mayor brought order to the rowdy parade scene, registering parties and advertising road closures in advance.

Michigan Will Take Over Detroit

Snyder has "top candidate" for Emergency Manager in mind; consolidation of power will likely lead to cuts and asset sales that the mayor and city council sought to avoid.

Can the Longest Remaining Stretch of the Berlin Wall Be Saved From the Threat of Condos?

Protesters have halted construction for now, but for many Berliners, it’s as if their worst nightmares are coming true.

The Sequester Will Be Worst for the Nation's Poorest Schools

Districts serving less affluent communities will be hit the hardest by cuts.

Why You Might Not Want to Let a Private Prison Company Name Your Stadium

Some naming rights just aren't worth it.

Photos

Here's Exactly How Bad Beijing's Smog Crisis Is, In One Photo

China World Trade Center Tower III is more than 1,000 feet tall and can't be seen today in Beijing.

A Brief History of Bottle Recycling

A story of trash and class in America.

Could We Model a National Energy Policy on 'Race to the Top'?

Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm wants to see states and metro areas compete for green energy funding. 

A Pope Says Goodbye

The 85-year-old leader of the Roman Catholic world gives his last general address.

The Ku Klux Klan Protests as Memphis Renames a City Park

Many white Southerns have cherished the memory of Nathan Bedford Forrest -- a Confederate general and founding Klansman. But a new controversy reveals how much Civil War remembrance has changed.

What's at Stake in the Voting Rights Act Case

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments challenging the Voting Rights Act of 1968, civil rights advocates are rising to support the anti-discriminatory law. But why?

The Real Forces That Keep Low-Income Kids Out of College

The labyrinth surrounding scholarships and admissions doesn't account for the messy realities of poor families' lives.

Videos

Scientists Hunt for Sewage in New York City’s Harbors

After Sandy, researchers are heading out to sea for a forensic look at the storm’s impacts.

Why Computers Alone Can't Eliminate Corruption in Redistricting

America’s political geography makes defining an algorithm that doesn’t disenfranchise voters incredibly difficult.

In Connecticut, Unplowed Streets Might Be the New Normal

It's been 2 weeks since the blizzard, and many city streets are still covered in snow. Another storm is on the way -- do residents just have to deal?

The Islamic Urbanist Tradition Is in Danger of Going Extinct

"Mosques are being built in suburban communities only accessible by car."

Washington, D.C. Unveils an Ambitious New Sustainability Plan

Proposals seek to halve the city's greenhouse gas emissions, boost walkability, and cut the obesity rate.