Democracy in America

Nate Berg

L.A.'s Bike Lane Blues

After two coats of paint, a new bike lane in Los Angeles is struggling to take hold

Free Federal Money May Doom a Transit Center in Troy

The city's Tea Party mayor opposes the $8.5 million proposal because it will be completely paid for by Washington

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Chicago Asks Students to Help It Be More Transparent

A new Northwestern course starting in January tasks undergraduates with shining a light on city government

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At Crosswalks, Should Drivers Have to Be Mind Readers?

Ann Arbor, Mich., grapples with redefining a law that forces drivers to stop if a pedestrian even appears to be approaching a crossing

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The Occupy Movement and the New Public Space

It's time to have a serious debate about what we really want from our public spaces

Christmas Traditions

Missouri Town's Sugar Plum Fairy Fired for 'Naughty' Language

Locals outraged over dismissal of Christmas festival actor

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Small Town Mayor Literally Makes News

Utah mayor admits to writing news articles about his city under pen name

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Condos and Industry Collide in Downtown San Diego

A proposed residential development threatens a factory that employs 1,800

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The Surfing Madonna Complex: A Political Awakening in Encinitas

How the battle over an illegal mosaic united a California beach town

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As America Ages, NIMBYism Could Increase

Surveys show older people are more likely to actively oppose new development

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Don't Tweet: In D.C., a New War on Public Safety Information

Citing safety concerns, the city opts to filter which public safety incidents citizens get to hear about

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Florida County Drains Fluoride from Water

Tea Party activism is behind decision to remove the dentifrice from public drinking water

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California's Plan to Crack Down on Troublesome Cities

A newly signed law gives the state more power to audit local governments and root out corruption

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The Rise and Fall of Oakland's Bordertown Skate Park

Despite community support and political goodwill, Caltrans is once again making plans to demolish the DIY skate spot

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St. Louis to Board of Aldermen: Save Our Del Taco

How a flying saucer ended up at the nexus of local politics and real estate development this summer