The GOP leader of Mesa, Arizona, championed a new property tax; loves mass transit; and lured liberal-arts colleges to his city. Can these moves propel him to higher office in a red state?
It's got 3-D printers, laser cutters, sewing machines, and its own roast coffee, named "shush."
When there's no other arts funding in sight, there's always the municipal waste budget.
Nearly 40 percent of Providence's land is occupied by institutions that do not pay taxes. That worked fine until the city needed cash.
Young children who hear fewer words do worse in school. Providence wants to close the gap.
Providence's mayor tamed his city's money problems in just one term. Will that propel him to statewide office?
People in underserved communities want better food. They just can't afford it.
It's one of the few cities to emerge from the recession unscathed. But for its economy to keep growing, Washington must wean itself from the government.
How, exactly, do they create jobs? We're not really sure.
The city's incoming middle- and upper-class families are rallying around public schools.
The city's commercial center still feels depressingly lifeless. "Popuphood" wants to change that, fast.
The rise of solar-power companies and other solar innovators has created a future-oriented economic sector for the city.
How does the home of SXSW deal with the challenges of loud music venues and constantly exploding tourist populations? By recognizing these are good problems to have.
A relatively pain-free way to make these schools accountable to their students.
Raleigh regularly tops "Best City" lists. Mayor Nancy McFarlane explains why that can be a challenge.
The area attracts more young families than any other. But conservative attacks on public education could change that.
The city isn't looking for the next big thing. Instead, its cultivated a pipeline of small companies and innovative manufacturers.
Companies like Amazon and Volkswagen have flocked to the city. But many working class residents still can't find a good job.
How the city turned the Tennessee River into one of its biggest selling points.