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Wyatt Cenac Is Here to Solve Your Policing Problems

In his new HBO series “Problem Areas,” comedian-actor Wyatt Cenac takes a crack at solving police racism.

The Malcolm X Murals of America

Thirty years ago, his likeness could be found in many poor, minority communities. Today, these images are disappearing as the buildings they were painted on have either collapsed or have been demolished.

Where Americans Are Moving for Work

Most of the top cities are the usual suspects—but there’s something odd happening in Silicon Valley.

Is Washington Big Enough for Two Tech Giants?

Apple and Amazon could be neighbors.

This Estonian Town Just Made the Cannabis Leaf its New Logo

Kanepi, Estonia’s new symbol is pretty dope.

New homes under construction in St. George, Utah, in 2013

America's Fastest-Growing Urban Area Has a Water Problem

As St. George, Utah grows, it will have to cut down on its high water consumption or pay handsomely for it—or both.

Traffic in Mexico City, where mega-commutes are a grim fact of life.

3 Cities, 3 Terrible Commutes

A new documentary follows the epic journeys faced by commuters in Istanbul, Mexico City, and Los Angeles.

The Supreme Court Says Congress Can't Make States Dance to Its Tune

A ruling that invoked the “anti-commandeering principle” to legalize sports betting in states holds implications for “sanctuary city” laws, too.

It's Not Cool to Argue About Whether D.C. Is Cool

Can increasingly unaffordable urban places have too many trendy restaurants and hipsters? Maybe that’s not the right question.

Child standing in front of early 20th century urban slum

The Photographer Who Watched Toronto Become a City

Arthur Goss found work as an office boy at the age of 11 in one of the few local government offices where a camera could be found. By his death, he had taken 35,000 photographs—vital documents of the metropolis’s formative years.

The Rapid, Devastating Decline of the Denver Post

“If we’re continuing on this trajectory, there’s no way in hell we’re going to survive.”

Celebration in Jerusalem, Bloodshed in Gaza

The new American embassy has opened during a chaotic and violent week in the Middle East.

Children receiving polio drops in Aprll during an anti-polio campaign in Karachi, Pakistan.

Like People, Diseases Travel Fast These Days

Since the 1918 flu pandemic that wiped out about five percent of the world’s population there have been strides toward eradicating most communicable diseases, yet the vulnerability of certain parts of the world affects everyone. This, the writers say, must be addressed.

Digital Jukeboxes Are Eroding the Dive-Bar Experience

The fight to control the playlist is a struggle between the group’s happiness and the individual’s.

A wall emblazoned with the quote "Theater is a weapon, and it is the people who should wield it."

A Theater's Long Fight to Find a Home in Manhattan

New York City crafted a plan to help artists stay in the pricey Theater District as its property values surge. But one group’s saga shows that getting a rule on the books is just the first step.

The Great Parisian Bikeshare Meltdown

Glitches and worker strikes have brought the world’s first modern bikeshare program to its knees.  

'Love Doesn't Have to Be in Your Backyard'

In cities with small Jewish communities, finding a partner who shares religious values can seem impossible. These jet-setting matchmakers work to overcome that geographic barrier.

The London Eye is pictured.

Why Do Londoners Identify With Their City More Than Their Country?

Residents report a preference to be considered a Londoner over British, English, or European.

Seattle's Scarecrow Video is pictured.

In the Netflix Era, a Video Store Becomes a Cultural Asset

When streaming upended the industry, Seattle’s Scarecrow Video reimagined itself as a community hub and keeper of an archive that can’t be matched online.