FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is pictured.

What Can Cities and States Do About Net Neutrality?

The plans so far are to be defiant and take the FCC to court. Beyond that, there’s a limited slate of options.

How Athens Confronted Government Distrust by Connecting Citizens to Each Other

After the Greek city’s financial crisis, disconnected private citizens drove much of the recovery. The SynAthina Platform connected these groups, says Athens Vice Mayor and founder Amalia Zeppo.

Downtown Roanoke is pictured.

The Small Appalachian City That’s Thriving

Roanoke, Virginia, has become what many cities of its size, geography, and history want to be. It started by bringing housing to a deserted downtown.

A young black female student sits in a classroom.

When Teachers Punish Black Kids More Severely Than White Kids

A new NAACP Legal Defense Fund report outlines three strategies to offset the effects of implicit bias.

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi during the 101st Calgary Stampede parade.

A Local Journalism Experiment Pops Up In Calgary

The Sprawl lived to cover a single mayoral race. Then it died.

London's Future: More People, Fewer Cars

Mayor Sadiq Khan’s Draft London Plan sets out a vision of how Britain’s capital will change by 2029.

People sit to rest in Central Park in New York City.

The Problem With Urban Philanthropy

Mega-donations don’t end up helping the parts of the city that need it most. Is there a better way to spread giving dollars around?

In October, Uber drivers in Sao Paulo staged a protest over impending ride-hailing regulations.

Uber and Lyft Should Pay for the Streets

The case for levying a road user fee on ride-hailing companies.

How Rhode Island Is Using NaloxBox to Treat Overdoses Like Heart Attacks

Designers hope the overdose treatment will soon be as ubiquitous as fire extinguishers or defibrillators.

The Right Way to Support Your City's Local Startups

Cities are right to pour their energy into home-grown businesses. But they should think twice before becoming those businesses’ first customers or investors.

A man walks at the site of the October 14 twin bombings in Mogadishu, Somalia, one of the world's most fragile cities.

Where Are the World’s Most Fragile Cities?

Climate change, economic inequality, and political unrest are making some of the world’s fastest growing cities dangerously unstable. But even the most fragile places are fixable.

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Paris Wants to Build a Few Garden Bridges

Here’s what it should learn from London’s infamous efforts to build one.

A young boy stands in the door of his home in Gary, Indiana.

The Future of the Rust Belt Depends on Its Youth

A new Urban Institute report argues that the states surrounding the Great Lakes can make an economic comeback—if they invest in their young people.  

Mayoral Powers in the Age of New Localism

U.S. mayors are on the front lines of major global and societal change. It’s time for them to lead beyond the limits of their formal powers.

A row of tractor trailers lined up at a truck stop.

The Truckers Who Are Taking on Human Trafficking

In Arkansas, the “knights of the road” are being trained to combat truck-stop prostitution.

The New 'Digital' Sanctuaries

Cities that were at the forefront of limiting their own participation in aggressive federal immigration enforcement are now expanding the scope of their work: Protecting their residents from data-collection and surveillance, too.

How Local Governments Came to Embrace Business Partnerships

Ten years ago, anything less than $200 million had little hope of connecting the public and private sectors in the U.S. Now public-private partnerships are driving modernization for many cities—and sometimes controversy.

Putting the Brakes on Runaway Gentrification in Atlanta

The BeltLine is making the neighborhoods in its path too expensive. Can a proposed inclusive housing bill help?

How to Pedestrianize a Vital Urban Street

London’s plans for Oxford Street show that even the busiest roads can ban vehicles—but there's one major misstep.