POV

Can a Mayor Take the White House?

Historically, running a city has been no help to presidential aspirants. But that might soon change.

Cities: Don’t Just Wait for the Feds

Even after the current occupant of the White House moves on, the federal government will be severely limited in its ability to deal with the nation’s most pressing problems.

A TriMet bus stopping for passengers at a bus stop, in Hillsboro Oregon.

The Problem with 'Transit Gaps'

When it comes to mobility, what does “adequate” service mean?

A San Salvador taxi driver takes part in a demonstration against Uber.

The Sharing Economy Needs to Be Better Partners With Cities

Most municipalities have abandoned their efforts to resist the Ubers and Airbnbs of the world. But there’s a lot both sides can do to heal the rift.

Tech Companies Should Not Plan Our Cities

The Sidewalk Labs project in Toronto represents a radical departure from the principles that have guided city planning in Canada since Jane Jacobs moved north.

What to Do About HQ2

Ask any of these urban and economic policy experts, they’ll tell you the escalating bidding war to court Amazon HQ2 is dangerous. They have different ideas about what to do about it.

How Cities Can Fund the Future

Local governments are far from broke—if they can tap their enormous market power.

How Cities Can Strike a Win-Win Deal for Amazon HQ2

City leaders do a shocking disservice to their citizens and their city if they give Amazon a free ride by offering incentives packages that solely reduce the firm’s costs. There are things they can and should do to advocate for their constituents’ interests.

Kimberly Valerian joins supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA, during a protest at the Royal Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017.

Want Immigration Reform? Look to Cities

While fear, anger, and misinformation dominate the federal-level debate, local leaders are making policies that work.  

A tow truck operator hooks up a damaged bus in 2011 in New York.

Should Transit Agencies Panic?

Many predict that new technology will doom public transportation. They’re wrong.  

The White House is seen reflected during a rainy day in Washington, D.C.

The City That 'This Town' Forgot

Washington, D.C., is home to a huge concentration of reporters. Why do they miss the stories happening in their own city?

The MLK Murals of America

Portraits of the slain civil rights leader captured over time give us a view of history from neighborhoods that often go unrecorded.

How Baltimore Students Got Left in the Cold

The heating crisis that closed the city’s public schools isn’t just about a lack of resources.

A cyclist maneuvers his way through downtown Los Angeles traffic on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014.

Who Owns Urban Mobility Data?

Policymakers need it; private transportation companies have it. Here’s one way to broker a solution.

A rendering of Moynihan Station at New York's Penn Station

Why a New Train Hall Won't Fix Penn Station

The $1.6-billion Moynihan Station will be a bright, spacious improvement on Penn Station’s depressing environs—but it will leave many problems unsolved.

What Might Hold Houston Back

The post-Harvey city needs to get denser and more urban.

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and Waukegan, Illinois Mayor Sam Cunningham sign the Chicago Climate Charter in December, as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel looks on.

When Mayors Spoke Up

In 2017, city leaders took center stage as international diplomatic players.

What Elon Musk Gets Right About Transit

The Tesla CEO might have incurred the wrath of public transportation advocates, but he’s not wrong in his diagnosis of one fundamental problem.

Tesla's Elon Musk: Not a mass transit fan.

What Elon Musk Doesn't Get About Urban Transit

The Tesla CEO’s recent comments about public transportation triggered a firestorm of criticism. Here’s why.

How to Make America Trust Again

Despite growing political polarization at the national level, local institutions are still strong—and local actors have a key role to play.