Politics

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We're In This Together: What the Dutch Know About Flooding That We Don't

The country's survival depends on water management, and its political structures allow for decisive, speedy action.

Sprawl Could Kill Off 34 Million Acres of American Forest by 2060

According to a new study, urban and developed land areas will increase 41 percent.

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The City of Lights Is About to Go Dark

Starting in 2013, Paris will shut off all neon lights between 1 and 7 a.m. Will it kill the city's famous nightlife?

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Why People Still Post Front Yard Campaign Signs

Is there a more retro feature of American electoral politics, and why hasn't it died out yet?

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Pontiac Ex-Councilman in Cocaine-Trafficking Bust: Officials Gone Wild

A roundup of the latest crimes, blunders and everyday embarrassments perpetrated by our esteemed municipal leaders.

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The Secret Conservative War on Zoning

The controversial American Legislative Exchange Council appears to be behind a new effort to unravel local zoning and regulatory authority across the country.

Adriaan Brouwer

Officials Gone Wild: Cook County Morgue CEO Flees Stacks of Corpses

Also, Los Angeles-area officials believe that "money makes the monkey dance," and a Georgia mayor struggles to get somebody to pay for his lawsuit.

John L. Magee

Officials Gone Wild: You Can't Go Naked in Public Without Consequences

The crimes, blunders and everyday embarrassments of our esteemed municipal leaders.

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Debating the Root Causes of Zombie Infrastructure

A vacant Michigan strip mall becomes a symbol in a Congressional primary race, but it's really part of a much broader problem.

Vilhelm Pedersen

Introducing Officials Gone Wild: A Blotter of Local Leaders Behaving Badly

It's hard to keep up with all the minor political scandals out there. Let us help you with this weekly list.

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The Geography of Abortion

America's deepest economic and political divides are reflected in the rate of abortions across the 50 states.

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Boston's Highway That Went Nowhere: Lessons from the Inner Belt Fight, 40 Years Later

In the 1950s and 1960s, as Boston was busy razing the West End and plunging ahead with urban renewal, transportation planners were pushing an 8-lane bypass highway.

J. Taylor Wallace

The Tea Party Is Not Happy With Chicago's Sarah Palin Sculpture

The artist behind the Palin-shaped public art has been informed: "You will be the next one to burn."

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Dems Like Cities Better than Republicans; Everybody Loves Seattle

New polling suggests a distinct partisan divide when it comes to Americans’ opinions about cities.

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The Real Boundaries of the Bible Belt

Perhaps its time to start referring to a 'religiosity belt,' instead.

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The Mixed-Up Politics of Urbanism

Neither end of the political spectrum gets it right when it comes to smart growth, leaving too many Americans priced out of economically vibrant cities.