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666 Fifth Avenue Is the Perfect Symbol for the Trump Era

From its shady financing to its spectacular design, Zaha Hadid's 666 Fifth Avenue captures the Trumpian moment.

Ken Heinen/AP

What Data-Driven Mayors Don't Get

In an age of growing alienation from civic institutions, the technocrats running many American cities don’t understand what old-style political machines once delivered.

Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

For Cities of the Future, Three Paths to Power

In an era of geopolitical turbulence, urban leaders will have to demand representation at international institutions—or take more radical action.

AP

The Mean Tweets of New York

Tracking gang conflicts on social media is controversial, but it can help community members and law enforcement get ahead of shootings—without arrest and incarceration.

Mike Blake/Reuters

Red State/Blue City Isn't the Whole Story

Today’s reality begs for a more comprehensive understanding of the relations between states and localities.

Phil Noble/Reuters

The Smartest Cities Are Compassionate Cities

The case for a new core operating tenet for local governments.