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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

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What the 2012 TED Prize Means for ‘The City 2.0’

Conference’s award and prize money aimed at improving global cities

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Rehabilitating the Occupy L.A. Park

Emptied of protesters, the park outside Los Angeles City Hall will take months to fix

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The Building Code Violation Behind Occupy D.C.'s Sunday Standoff

Protesters were arrested after refusing to come down from the roof of a barnlike structure that had no foundation

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The Evolving Fence at the U.S.-Mexico Border

New style of fencing adds to securitized boundary

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Who Should Pay for Aging Water Infrastructure?

The best responses to this week's The Big Fix

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Chicago Asks Students to Help It Be More Transparent

A new Northwestern course starting in January tasks undergraduates with shining a light on city government

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How Las Vegas Created One of the Best Water Systems in America

This desert city has figured out innovative ways to cut down on leaks 

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Should Composting Be Mandatory?

More cities are following San Francisco’s lead on collecting compostable food waste