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Don't Forget, Local Governments Are Facing a Fiscal Crisis of Their Own

It's not too late for President Obama to help fix this, and it's in his interest anyway.

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A One-Ton Gollum Now Greets Visitors to Wellington International Airport

Welcome to New Zealand, now give me back my precious!

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The Ecstasy, the Agony: Reactions to Election 2012

Revelry and misery at bars, watch parties and rallies across the country.

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The Power of Bicycles in Disaster Recovery

For New Yorkers, cycling didn't just come in handy while the subway was shut down.

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Optical Illusions That Make Street Signs 'Invisible'

This is quite an elaborate way to avoid parking tickets.

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Realistic Community-Based Principles for the Next 4 Years

The Obama administration probably won't tackle major urban policy reform, but they do have an opportunity to set our neighborhoods on a better path.

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Do Foreclosures Increase Crime After All?

On the heels of a study that showed no link between home closures and crime, new research finds a clear (though modest) connection.

The Urban Electorate: Why Republicans Can't Afford to Concede the City Vote Ever Again

Just take a look at these maps.

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8 Urban Policy Ideas for Obama's 2nd Term

8 policy ideas the president should feel more than free to steal.

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Eerie Timelapse of the Day: Washington, D.C., Without the People

It's Election Day! Freak out!

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Maybe Americans Aren't Moving Because They Don't Need To

A new paper suggests we're staying put because there's less regional variation between jobs.

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The Surprisingly Versatile Design of the Voting Booth

Images of the election booth, the world over.

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The Skyrocketing Costs of Running for Mayor of a Major U.S. City

While the 2012 presidential election will likely be the most expensive in history, a similar money-race is happening on the local level.

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Where People Are Waiting to Vote the Longest

A quick survey of polling place waits around the country.

Regardless of Who Wins the White House, America Is Still More Conservative Than It Used to Be

The trend over the past decade is clear.

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The Congressional Races Urbanists Should Be Watching

And some other House races to keep your eye on.

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What Happens When a City Can Pick and Choose Its Police Force?

In Bishkek, public officers and private security companies compete for business.

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3 Gubernatorial Toss-Ups With High Urban Stakes

A Cities guide to the very close state-level elections.

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This Could Boil Down to Turnout in Cleveland, Milwaukee, and Miami

America's major cities lean Democratic, but these swing state metropolises could end up playing a deciding role.