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Urban centers are by their nature spawning grounds of progressive politics.

Some progressive municipal officials have jumped beyond the boundaries of their communities to address state and national issues.

Progressive cities in a conservative sea.

Villaraigosa could make political history not just for his city, but for the country.

By supporting LA's incumbent mayor, the labor movement may have weakened its hand.

Home childcare workers declare a victory.

Blue City Grasps for Moral Zeitgeist

The letterhead of Columbia University, where I taught for four decades, reads in full "Columbia University in the City of New York," not because there is much likelihood that anyone will wonder w

Andrew Rice covered commercial real estate development for the New York Observer from 2000 until 2002.

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Communities nationwide are calling for a constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics. On Tuesday, Wisconsin towns will join the fight.

March 31, 2014

Every $1 billion invested in the U.S. transportation infrastructure supports and creates some 47,500 jobs.

March 27, 2014

San Francisco is in the midst of a war, but it’s not about culture.

March 24, 2014

The poll numbers don’t matter, but the limited narrative they reflect does.

March 20, 2014

Pressure mounts for the New Jersey governor.

March 19, 2014

The mayor signals he might accept universal pre-K without a tax hike. He might be in a better position if he had made that move weeks ago.

March 11, 2014

A narrow decision on charter school co-locations has charter proponents howling—but is their outrage overblown?

March 5, 2014

The Times raises a red flag over the mayor’s appointments.

March 3, 2014

The mayor faces a request for an aggressive post-Sandy policy.

February 28, 2014