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Truth and reconciliation: In the later years of the Obama administration, when furious days of unrest followed police shootings, the Justice Department decided to fund trust-building initiatives in six cities to improve relations between police and communities of color. The cities conducted trainings for police, but they also tried a less tested idea: reconciliation. For the past two years, Stockton, California, has been hosting listening sessions that draw from international transitional-justice commissions like the ones in post-apartheid South Africa.

It’s a rare scene, at a time when few American public officials are willing to acknowledge their institutional role in maintaining racist hierarchies. And while the process doesn’t answer all the questions of what reforming the criminal justice system would look like, a new study from the Urban Institute finds that just trying to reconcile produces promising benefits, improving residents’ views of both police and the conditions of their neighborhoods. Read Michael Friedrich’s deep dive on CityLab: What Police-Community Reconciliation Can Look Like

Andrew Small

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Nashville Has the Most Kurds Outside of Kurdistan. And They’re Angry.

Trump’s withdrawal of troops from Northern Syria has angered Nashville’s large Kurdish community. They say the city, Republicans included, is supporting them.  

Karen Loew

Can Green License Plates Help Plug Electric Cars?

The U.K. government wants to boost sales for ultra-low-emission vehicles by offering special number plates—and perks—for EV drivers.  

Feargus O'Sullivan

The Map That Unlocked the Mysteries of Pittsburgh

To untangle the roads of Allegheny County, a 1940s traffic engineer devised an ingenious way to help people like me find their way around.

Vince Guerrieri

The Rise and Fall of the Exuberant Airline Map

A new book reveals how airline flight maps have evolved over the past century, from exoticizing to stylish to more basic.

Benjamin Schneider

Weekend Fans Are Overrunning College Football Towns

Game-day housing demands are driving up rents, hollowing out neighborhoods, and stoking the real estate market for second homes aimed at alumni fans.

Laura Bliss


(Josh Kramer)

The transportation ideas being developed today promise a better commuting future, whether by autonomous electric air taxi or a hurtling high-speed hyperloop. But the technology won’t change everything, and some of the efforts to make getting to work speedier could come at a cost to the greater good. Cartoonist Josh Kramer envisions the possibility of what the gamified rush hour might look like in a world where public transit has become a thing of the past. On CityLab: A Horrifying Glimpse Into Your Dystopian Future Transit Commute

What We’re Reading

Senator Chuck Schumer: I have a plan for clean cars (New York Times)

The Trump campaign now has $1 million in outstanding bills from American cities (Washington Post)

How a tax break meant to help the poor went to NBA owner Dan Gilbert (ProPublica)

Why a Nationals World Series probably won’t be a cash cow for D.C. (WAMU)

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