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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, center, speaks at a panel discussion about the issues facing the nation's big cities while Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed right, and discussion moderator David Axelrod look on. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

As the gears of federal government have ground to a halt, a new energy has been rocking the foundations of our urban centers. From Atlanta to Seattle and points in between, cities have begun seizing the initiative, transforming themselves into laboratories for progressive innovation. Income inequality, affordable housing, climate change, sustainable development, public health, participatory government—cities are tackling them all, bringing new urgency to some of the most vital questions of the day. Welcome to the age of big city progressivism! Cities Rising is The Nation’s contribution to the conversation.

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The Rise of the Progressive CityWith liberal hopes dashed in Washington, political energy is gathering in cities, where social change is actually possible.
by Michelle Goldberg

Meet Three Young Politicians Changing the Way New York City Works: As young community leaders take office and a progressive power base grows, machine politics is losing its grip on the Big Apple.
by Max Rivlin-Nadler

If Congress Won’t Raise the Minimum Wage, These Cities Will: Since June, San Diego and Los Angeles have passed a trio of minimum wage increases. Which city will be next?
by Agnes Radomski and John Thomason

After Cory Booker, a Radical Poet’s Son Rises as Mayor of Newark: Ras Baraka wants to reclaim New Jersey's largest city from charter schools and Wall Street.
by Siddhartha Mitter 

‘It’s Simply Mission Critical’: Mayor Bill de Blasio on the revival of an urban agenda.
by Katrina vanden Heuvel 

#FastFoodGlobal: How the International Struggle Against McDonald’s Could Bring a $15 Minimum Wage to New York City: Can a global movement buoy local fights for fair pay?
by Michelle Chen

100 Days Into Bill de Blasio’s First Term, New York’s Most Powerful Progressive Is Taking Big Swipes at Inequality: The bad news? The forces of opposition may be just as strong as he is.
by Jarrett Murphy

What If the Minimum Wage Were $15 an Hour? Inside the movement that's pushing to make a living wage a reality in Seattle.
by Sasha Abramsky

LA City Council Tells Big Oil To Frack OffAs residents complain of nosebleeds and headaches, the country’s biggest oil-producing city moves to ban hydraulic fracturing.
by Simon Davis-Cohen

Can Big Oil Retake Richmond, California? In 2008, progressives won control of City Hall. Now, as elections loom, Chevron wants to take it back.
by Steve Early

How Local Governments Are Using Their Purchasing Power to End Sweatshop LaborWith the government's leverage as both a consumer and a steward of the public trust, the public sector can hold the line against the fashion industry’s race to the bottom.
by Michelle Chen

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