Politics

What a Turn Toward Traditionalism Looks Like in Jakarta

The dance of the "Human Theaters."

What If Mayors Ruled the World?

With Washington paralyzed by political dysfunction, is it time for mayors to take over?

The Mathematical Puzzle That Is the Complexity of the City

How, if at all, can we quantify the relative complexity of a place?

After Years of Controversy, a Museum Urbanizes

Long hidden in the suburbs, a world-famous art collection gets a new home in downtown Philadelphia.

Introducing Officials Gone Wild: A Blotter of Local Leaders Behaving Badly

It's hard to keep up with all the minor political scandals out there. Let us help you with this weekly list.

CityFixer

Is It Time to Stop Building Convention Centers?

The convention center market is over-saturated, but the race to keep building them bigger and better hasn't slowed.

Potholes Are Big Politics in San Diego

Amid a contested mayoral race, deferred road maintenance costs end up front and center.

Maps

The Geography of Abortion

America's deepest economic and political divides are reflected in the rate of abortions across the 50 states.

The D.C. Government's All-Star Embarrassments

The hits just keep on coming for the District of Columbia's elected leaders.

5 Ways Data Can Save After-School Programs

Using information to improve programs, even when money's tight.

Dead Pipe Dream of the Day: Syracuse's 'Destiny USA'

It's surely just as well.

Guatemala City's Teacher Problems

Students call for reform to the pedagogical schools.

Which Cities Are Most Prepared for Climate Change?

According to a new report, governments in Latin American and Canada are doing the most, American cities come in dead last.

Number of the Day: 4,700

That's the number of measures the world's 58 biggest cities have passed to fight climate change.

The Never-Ending Tumult in Cairo

Protesters decried the most recent ruling on deposed leader Hosni Mubarak.

Concerned Citizen of the Day: D.C.'s 'Squeaky Wheel'

Does your city have a Michael Sindram?

Rio's Garbage Pickers Lose Their Jobs

One of the world's largest open-air landfills will be shuttered. What does that mean for the 1,700 people who worked there?

The Risky Business of Parking Lot Creation

A wetlands restoration project in Boston is a cautionary tale about making bad decisions in the first place.

Are Cities Losing Power to States?

According to a new survey of public officials, city governments face new restrictions from states.