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What Was Lost in the Fires of the L.A. Riots

In a new documentary, previously unseen footage collected by the Los Angeles Police Department reveals how the narrative of the riots has changed in 25 years.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

The Privilege of School Choice

When given the choice, will wealthy parents ever choose to desegregate schools?

How to Find Your Real Sister City

The Chicago Fed’s new data-mapping tool can identify towns with sibling connections.

Patrick Fallon/Reuters

The United Cities of America

Americans on the right have long argued for the “devolution” of power from the federal government to the states. With President Trump in office, Americans on the left should consider taking that idea further: devolving power to cities.

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Lab Report: Mayors Fear the Trump Budget

A morning roundup of the day’s news.

Chris Helgren/Reuters

Bipartisan Support of Public Goods Made America Great

It’s time for the U.S. to stop turning its back on the efforts that gave us public schools, transportation networks, and national parks.

Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters

Bangkok's Street Vendors Are Not the Enemies of Public Space

Yet the Thai government has long been on a mission to “clean up” the streets and “return the pavements to the pedestrians.”

Jorge Silva/Reuters

How to Disappear

Is it possible to move through a smart city undetected?

Charles Platiau/Reuters

Don't Panic About the French Elections

Not yet, at least. Despite the abundant parallels between Trumpism and the populist rage powering Marine Le Pen, the French contender isn’t a mirror image of the American president—and she’s not likely to prevail in next month’s run-off.  

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The EPA's 40-Year-Old Design Manual Is Being Reissued

New audiences can relive Chermayeff and Geismar’s visual standards made for the agency in 1977.

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Anatomy of the 7 Train

How the most diverse subway line in America forges a shared urban identity, according to a new book.

Joshua Lott/Reuters

Lab Report: Amtrak on Shaky Ground

A morning roundup of the day’s news.

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This Magic Dutch Traffic Light Helps Bicyclists Avoid Stopping

A system called “Flo” system uses cute creatures to tell cyclists to speed up or slow down to catch a green light.

Reuters

The Invisible Network That Makes Cities Work

Despite fears of declining social capital and lack of faith in civic institutions, the “new trust economy” is thriving in urban areas.

AP

Cities Can't Fix the New Urban Crisis

Not on their own, at least. To address the ever-more-complex problems afflicting cities, we’ll need a regional approach.

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The Hopes and Fears Around Ben Carson's Favorite Public Housing Program

HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration program tries to save public housing units by transferring them to the private sector. It’s earned bipartisan support, but some housing advocates worry about accountability.

Edgar Su/Reuters

Singapore, City of Sensors

They’re on buses, atop buildings, in parks, and inside drains as part of the island’s vision to become the world’s first “Smart Nation.” But what do they mean for privacy?

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Yes, Elite Women's Clubs Still Exist

In Washington, D.C., and other U.S. cities, members-only meetinghouses continue to occupy prime real estate.