Politics

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2011's Most Fascinating Municipal Races

A map of the country's most intriguing mayoral races, city council competitions and referendums

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The Increasingly Republican States of America

The percentage of Americans who say they lean Republican has increased in 47 of the 50 states

Reuters

How Occupy Wall Street Is Reinventing Public Space

Sociologist Saskia Sassen on the way the movement is taking over the streets

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Reuters

How Can Cities Encourage Residents to Live More Sustainably?

The best responses from this week's The Big Fix

Reuters

Population 7 Billion in 5 Charts

The world's population will reach seven billion on October, 31 2011, according to projections by the United Nations

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Making Local Government Funny in 'Parks and Recreation'

Writer Dan Goor talks about turning bureaucracy into comedy

Reuters

The 'Occupy' Protests and the Burden of the City

As cities like Oakland and Atlanta crack down, remember the vital civic role city centers play

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Maryland's Governor Explains his War on Sprawl

On the eve of releasing a new smart growth plan, Gov. Martin O'Malley discusses density, smart growth, and a city-centric future

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Paying for Public Parks

Thanks to huge budget shortfalls, cities often have no choice but to charge for use of public spaces

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Crime, Congestion, and Corruption Frame Mayoral Race in Bogota

With the current mayor in jail, a transit-building former mayor is among the election's front-runners

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The Trouble With Youth Curfews

Rules targeting youths often don't produce public safety results

Reuters

Debunking the Impact of City Heat on Global Warming

Two new reports show that the urban 'heat island' effect is not distorting climate change data

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How New Orleans Got Its Recycling Back

Why it took six years for the city to solve its waste problem

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The Surfing Madonna Complex: A Political Awakening in Encinitas

How the battle over an illegal mosaic united a California beach town

Reuters

Rahm Emanuel: The Anti-Daley

Chicago's hard-charging new mayor was seen as Daley's successor, but now he's dismantling the former mayor's legacy

Brookings Institution

Suburbia: Land of Immigrants

Foreign-born populations in the U.S. are spreading out across the country, settling in suburbs and smaller cities

Reuters

As America Ages, NIMBYism Could Increase

Surveys show older people are more likely to actively oppose new development

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Don't Tweet: In D.C., a New War on Public Safety Information

Citing safety concerns, the city opts to filter which public safety incidents citizens get to hear about

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Another Problem With Zuccotti Park: It Isn't a Very Good Park

Semi-coercing private companies into building parks is a good way to build some pretty bad parks