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'We Can't Walk Away From This Truth'

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu explains to his city why four monuments commemorating the Lost Cause and the Confederacy had to come down.

Jacob Myrick

The Poisoned Generation

The story of a decades-long lead-poisoning lawsuit in New Orleans illustrates how the toxin destroys black families and communities alike.

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Robert E. Lee Topples From His Pedestal

The city of New Orleans is removing its soaring monument to the Confederate general, who for decades was held up as a model for the nation and a symbol of its reunion.

Abdul Aziz

The Clash Over Confederate Monuments in New Orleans Is Intensifying

Photojournalist Abdul Aziz is on the ground as demonstrations escalate.

Casey Roonan

Grooving to the Oldies at New Orleans's Temple of Uncool

A dance party on a riverboat casino highlights tensions about the city’s self-image, and its future.

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The Steady Deconstruction of America's Cities

Peter Moskowitz’s new book on gentrification outlines how local governments cede their power over residents’ lives to private interests.

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Saving NoLa's Favorite Mardi Gras Cocktail From Extinction

No one knows why Ojen became so popular in the city, but it has long been the party liqueur of choice.

Alex Brandon/AP

The School-Voucher Paradox

In Louisiana, an initiative reduced segregation in the education system, but not all families saw it.

What Saturday Night Tastes Like in New Orleans

The city’s rich nightlife is fueled by daiquiris.

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Keeping the Legacy of New Orleans' Lesbian Bars Alive

The spaces have all shuttered, but an oral history project is creating a new community through retelling stories from the 1980s bar scene.

Claire Nelson

A Real-Life Forum for Real Urban Issues

Urban Consulate aims to encourage uncomfortable—and inspiring—conversations in Detroit, Philly, and NOLA.

National Geodetic Survey

Before-and-After Images of Louisiana's Flooded Communities

These dismal scenes were recorded by a NOAA aircraft doing disaster surveys.

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Rethinking the Bus Shelter

In a handful of cities, citizen urbanists are crowdfunding projects to make these overlooked stops much more engaging.

NCAR

What U.S. Cities Are at Risk of Getting the Zika Virus?

A vast tract of land from New York to L.A. has summertime conditions ideal for virus-carrying mosquitoes.

AP Photo/Bill Haber

New Orleans Adopts a Bias-Free Immigrant Policing Policy

Advocates see the plan, which forbids police officers from racial profiling, as “one of the best in the country.”

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The Startup That's Restoring Louisiana's Coast

Two scientists believe their method of planting cypress and tupelo trees—in special rodent-resistant pods—can revive the region’s disappearing marshes.

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6 City Instagram Accounts to Follow

These feeds offer a cleverly curated peek into cities around the world.

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A Hidden Drawback of School Reform in New Orleans: Less Money for Transit

The city’s move to charter schools has severed pre-Katrina bus partnerships that increased revenue and service.