Politics

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James Q. Wilson, 'Broken Windows' Author, Dies at 80

The political scientist forever changed community policing and neighborhood safety practices.

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How To Protect America's Countryside from Sprawl

The sustainability community has turned some overdue attention to small towns. But how can we preserve the places in between?

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The Only Elected Regional Government in the U.S.

Why has no other region followed the model of metropolitan Portland?

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Can a Town Get By Without Its Public Works Department?

Favoring privatization, a New Jersey mayor’s budget proposes to cut garbage collection, street cleaning, and more.

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Portland's Mayoral Race Is Full of Delightful Oddballs

Could Oregon's largest city be helmed by a tree-climbing arsonist, a man who holds proof of God's existence, or the guitar genius behind the tweaker anthem, "Mobile Crank Lab"?

In Los Angeles, a Brownfield Gets a Second Life

Thanks to funding from a lawsuit, a lush new park was created in the city's south side.

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Beijing's Feral Cat Problem Comes Back

Four years after "cleansing" the city of its strays in advance of the Olympics, somewhere between 500,000 and 5 million cats have returned to Beijing. But is relying on volunteers to trap, neuter, and release them the best plan?

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Allegiance of the Day: An Iraqi Border City Offers Support to Syrian Rebels

They're sending money, medical supplies and even a makeshift border patrol.

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Boozy, Brawling Wisconsin Mayor Gets the Boot

Last night, Sheboygan voters tossed out Mayor Bob Ryan in the city's first-ever mayoral recall election.

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A Complete History of the Park Slope Food Coop's Boycotts

The Brooklyn grocery is in the news for wanting to ban products from Israel, but over the years it's also exiled grapes, apples, sugar, light bulbs, water, tuna salad, etc., etc.

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Why Don't Americans Riot Anymore?

Unlike Europe, the U.S. hasn't had a rash of mass urban violence in a generation.

The Most Complicated Border Town in the World

In Baarle-Nassau, pieces of Belgium and the Netherlands sit side-by-side, creating some strange municipal politics.

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This Week in Bans: Tupelo Takes Aim at Baggy Pants

Also recently banned: Bath salts in Tennessee, prayers in England, and possibly "reckless skateboarding" in Los Angeles.

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The Last Katrina Trailer Finally Leaves New Orleans

It's about time.

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.