Politics

HUD's New Sustainability Tool

A new website offers communities practical advice on energy efficiency, transportation alternatives and more.

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New York vs. London, in Debate Form

Two great global cities went head-to-head in a battle of words over which one is the best.

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Flag of the Day: Confederacy Sustains a Blow in Minnesota

The rise and fall of the South, as staged in the backyard of West St. Paul councilman Ed Hansen.

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In Tashkent, Hide Your Candy Hearts

Upset with Western decadence, the government of Uzbekistan is urging its citizens to shun Valentine's in favor of Emperor Babur.

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Exit Interview: Brent Toderian, Vancouver’s Ousted Planning Director

A look back at 6 years guiding one of the world’s most livable cities.

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Why America Keeps Getting More Conservative

The country's conservative drift is only deepening.

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D.C. Looks to the Past to Fix Its Zoning Code

After a four-year rewrite process, the District of Columbia's proposed new zoning harkens back to before the 1950s.

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Canada Shifts West

New census figures show population dominance moving away from the east.

This Week in Bans: 'Gay Lifestyles' Outlawed in St. Petersburg, Russia

Plus, Tucson kills its Mexican American Studies program to comply with state law; Gulfport, Mississippi, clears out lawn couches; a meat thief is banned in Britain.

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East L.A. Denied Cityhood Once Again

Neighborhood has been seeking incorporation for decades, but is turned down over financial concerns.

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What the Latest Report on Racial Inequality Doesn't Tell Us

New numbers from the Urban Institute require some context.

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Like Water for Airport Traffic

Georgia says it’ll let Chattanooga have a piece of its air economy in exchange for water.

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What's the Story Behind That Gun-Violence Super Bowl Ad?

America's mayors have joined up to battle criminal-gun trafficking... and to make entertaining football commercials, apparently.

How the Occupy Movement Changed Urban Government

In an increasingly globalized world, Occupy Wall Street reinforced the primacy of place.

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How to Memorialize the AIDS Crisis

A look at some ideas for a park in New York City.

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The Greening of Houston

How America's oil and gas capitol came to design a park at the forefront of green public space.

To Understand the City’s Budget, Write It

To help citizens better understand the budget process, Calgary's mayor let them craft it themselves.

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This Week in Bans: U.K. Libraries Fight Off Waves of Pint-Sized Droogs

Also, Bogota outlaws public handguns; L.A. says no to beach football; a palm-reading aptitude test is no longer acceptable in China; and Hoboken bans Snookie.

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Increasing Density and Diversity Likely to Make Western States More Blue

A new report finds growing urban and minority populations that will affect redistricting and reapportionment in the Mountain West.