Politics

Photos

China's Air Pollution Problem Explained in One Animation

These before-and-after graphics show just how severe the problem has become.

U.K. Leads the Way on Mayoral Autonomy

Why it's a good thing that British mayors are getting more control over their economies and infrastructure.

Great Moments in Mayoral Candor

From "Who wrote this shit?" to "Aloha, motherfuckers."

This Week in Bans: San Andreas Battles Wolf-Dogs

Also, Texas takes aim at drinking beer while tubing and the less said about Kenya's underwear-based moonshine, the better.

London's Impending Police State

Will Olympic security measures go too far?

Repetitive Debate of the Day: Why Hasn't Washington, D.C. Buried its Power Lines?

After yet another days-long mass power outage, it's naturally time to have the same argument all over again.

Videos

Was Hurricane Katrina Good for New Orleans's Schools?

Mayor Mitch Landrieu makes the case.

A Quest for Consensus on Boston Neighborhood Boundaries

An interactive mapping effort tries to find where locals think their neighborhoods actually are.

Debating the Local Food Movement

A new book argues that locavores are terrible for the environment, the economy and global food security.

Can Heathrow Handle the Olympics?

Lengthy waits at customs cause concern as Olympic-related traffic begins.

How East Coasters Kept Cool This Weekend

Turning urban infrastructure into de facto cooling equipment.

Moscow, Super-Sized

The Russian capital has officially added more than 500 square miles to its footprint.

Olympics Clean-Up, London Style

One month before the games, the city spruces itself up – plus a few rumblings of resentment under the surface.

The Book-Burning Campaign That Saved a Public Library

A social media hoax outwitted an anti-tax group and galvanized voters in Troy, Michigan.

Obesity's Spread Across America Looks Like a Virus

The country's most pressing non-contagious health crisis seems to act like it is one. What does that mean for public health policy?

How the Feds Are Building More Sustainable Cities

Already, the Partnership for Sustainable Communities has given $3.5 billion to more than 700 municipalities.

CityFixer

Why Can't We Just Convert Vacant Buildings Into Housing for the Homeless?

America's got plenty of vacant properties and a serious homelessness problem. But of course, it's not that simple.

These Transit Riding Politicians Don't Support Public Transit

Members of Congress who spent much of this year fighting over transportation funding should remember they have the sweetest transit system around.

It Took Months to Reach a Deal on Chicago Food Trucks

In a city with politics in its life's blood, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal gleams with compromise.