Perspective

Indianapolis, Indiana, was one of Amazon's 20 finalist cities for HQ2.

Cities That Lost Amazon's HQ2 Contest Can Still End Up Ahead

There’s a silver lining for the 235 places that did not win.

A photo shows the Amazon logo on a building.

Amazon’s HQ2 Spectacle Isn’t Just Shameful—It Should Be Illegal

Each year, local governments spend nearly $100 billion to move headquarters and factories between states. It’s a wasteful exercise that requires a national solution.

The New Metropolitan Majority

If Democrats want to build a durable coalition, they will need to shift their approach, building ties between voters in cities and those in the suburbs that surround them.

Supporters of Proposition 10 rally in San Francisco in October.

Voters Said No in California, but Other States Have Rent Control Battles Looming

Proposition 10 was rejected but rent control is on the agenda in other places across the country. Why? It’s not the affordable housing fix-all people think.

Bernie Sanders supporters hold 'Medicare for All' signs.

Socialism Will Continue to Rise Regardless of Election Results

Even if the 2018 midterm elections seemingly produce a blue wave, non-traditional candidates will continue to rise as Bernie Sanders has injected socialism into national discourse.

A photo of a group of migrants line up to receive food donations in a makeshift camp in Juchitan, Mexico, October 31, 2018

On Weaponizing Migration

Why do political leaders portray asylum seekers and refugees as an invading army? Because it’s very effective.

Portland, Oregon, with Mount Hood in the background.

From Portland: A Tax to Fund Equity in Tackling Climate Change

The Portland, Oregon, Clean Energy Community Benefits Initiative on the ballot Tuesday is a model for other cities to address inequity and climate change.

A man entering a public bus in Helsinki

Helsinki’s MaaS App, Whim: Is It Really Mobility’s Great Hope?

The transport app Whim is oft-cited as a model for the future of urban mobility. Two years post-launch, has it changed the way people move around Helsinki?

A man walks away from a red EasyMile shuttle bus.

Cities Have Taken the Lead in Regulating Driverless Vehicles

While federal and state governments take a back seat, cities are driving the regulation of autonomous vehicles.

A crane in front of a destroyed house.

On Long Island, Failure to Absorb Sandy’s Lessons

Six years after Sandy hit New York, waterfront development in the region continues with scant attention to cohesive storm-mitigation strategy.

The Fight to Integrate New York City’s Specialized Schools Is Misguided

It affirms a supremacist mentality. I thought we were done propping that up.

Pedestrians walk past barriers near the scene of the 2017 attack on London's Westminster Bridge.

Vehicular Terrorism in the Age of Vision Zero

Deadly attacks by car and truck are on the rise, but cities often fail to respond in ways that protect the most vulnerable road users. Here’s how anti-terror infrastructure can ease walking, biking, and public transit use, not impede it.

Aerial view of narrow strips of land divided by water, some with houses on them.

The Dutch Can’t Save Us From Rising Seas

Dutch engineers are renowned for their ability to keep cities dry. But their approach doesn’t necessarily translate to an American context.

How America Fails at Communicating Flood Risks

We have good data about flood risks. The challenge is getting it to people when they need it, in a way that’s useful.

Americans Strongly Dislike PC Culture

Youth isn’t a good proxy for support of political correctness, and race isn’t either.

This Basketball Will Be Your Father

A court in New York City breeds a family of fathers, brothers, and sons, out of people unconnected by blood.

A Step-by-Step Guide for Fixing Badly Planned American Cities

An excerpt from Jeff Speck’s Walkable City Rules, a step-by-step guide to fixing America’s cities and towns.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

A Transportation Platform for Chicago’s Next Mayor

After Rahm Emanuel, the city’s new leader could build a national model for an equitable transportation system. Here’s how.

A tram in Helsinki.

Universal Basic Mobility Is Coming. And It’s Long Overdue

People need easy access to work and to essential services to live decent, independent lives. Cities need Universal Basic Mobility. It’s a human right.

Venezuelan refugees arrive at Boa Vista Airport in Brazil.

Cities Need to Welcome—Not Resist—Refugees

A surge in migrants has fueled populist backlashes in cities around the world. But urban areas have a key role to play in mitigating the crisis.

The Comeback of the Mid-Sized American City

A generation ago, places like Oklahoma City felt as if they were in a permanent state of decline, says its longtime mayor. Here’s why people are coming back.