Year in Review

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L.A. Is the 'Vanguard' for Immigrants' Rights

The chief of the city’s Office of Immigrant Affairs talks about what to expect in the Trump administration.

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Don't Call it the Blacksonian: Lonnie Bunch on America's Best New Museum

The founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture talks about what comes next for a museum drawing historic crowds to Washington, D.C.

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Julián Castro, Leveling the Playing Field

The secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development discusses the future of fair and affordable housing as he prepares to leave his post.

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2016: A Year Defined by America’s Diverging Economies

Just as income inequality has become a fixture in many Americans’ understanding of the country, so too must accelerating regional divides.

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U.S. Law Enforcement Fatalities Increased in 2016

But officer deaths remain lower than the average annual fatalities over the past decade.

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'They’re Not Going to Be Able to Ignore This Entire City Standing Together'

Activists in Flint, Standing Rock, and California’s Central Valley reflect on the year in water protests.

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Enlisting Cities in the War on Food Waste

Metropolitan regions are “really important players in this whole picture,” says Dana Gunders of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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The Fight to Save Copenhagen's Urban Trees

As rapid growth changes the Danish capital, one group is making sure the city understands why it needs its plant life.

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Beyond Trump, The Next Big Climate Issue of 2017

As food and inequality play a larger part in climate politics, C40 Executive Director Mark Watts feels more positive than ever that cities hold the solutions.

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How a Bike Mayor Can Change a City

A bridge between cyclists and city hall, Amsterdam’s chief bike advocate plans to take her talents abroad in 2017.

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How the Opioid Epidemic Is an Infrastructure Issue

Could transitional housing help bring the crisis to a close?

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Grading Obama's Urban Policy Legacy

“I'm loath to reduce his work to just a grade. But if I were, I would probably say a B-.”

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Anthony Foxx, the Great Connector

The outgoing U.S. Secretary of Transportation reflects on autonomous vehicles, economic justice, and a remarkable tenure.

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Building DIY Bike Lanes as a Form of Activism

Meet the shadowy group that’s arguably outpacing San Francisco when it comes to protected bike lanes.

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How to Help Urban Refugees

An organization based in Amman, Jordan, takes a psychological approach to aiding Syrian and Iraqi refugees.

2013's Most Terrifying Weather Disasters

In photos.

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The Best #Cityreads of the Year

The pieces that stuck with us in 2013.

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The Best Thing My City Did This Year

Our favorite urban observers weigh in on 2013 in their hometowns.