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Residents in four New York City districts had the chance to allocate funding for community improvement themselves. Can participatory budgeting make American democracy less lonely?

Our car-dependent, suburban, homeowner culture is no longer affordable. An exhibit at MoMA examines what to do about it.

Dennis Kucinich

He was sanguine Tuesday night when I spoke with him by phone about his gerrymandered eviction from the US House of Representatives.

City manager

Unelected individuals are taking control of whole cities and school districts, from Flint to Benton Harbor to Detroit.

A progressive labor slate has won a historic legislative victory, overturning the traditional Democratic machine.

John Lindsay’s New York—and what it can teach us about neglected urban problems.

Ignoring the signs of dire need, the government is slashing its housing budget.

Urban biking

The Complete Streets movement is helping city residents reimagine their roads.

Costumed as the World Trade Center at the Buskers Fare in New York City, June 19

How the World Trade Center turned Manhattan into a planned community.

On MSNBC, Melissa Harris-Perry praises a Detroit program that provides free and reduced-priced homes to police officers.

Blogs

Los Angeles wage increase has huge implications for the city’s workers and the nationwide Fight for 15 movement.

May 22, 2015

Nominated for mayor of Philadelphia, a progressive teaches a lesson about coalition politics.

May 20, 2015

Too many derailments, too many bridge collapses. The neglect has got to stop.

May 13, 2015

Labor advocates are harnessing the power of both workers and consumers to reform nail salons.

May 11, 2015

Helpfulness not guaranteed.

May 5, 2015

Fox and friends are gearing up for a replay of the 1968 riots that helped bring us Richard Nixon.

April 29, 2015

Protesters on both sides of the border are revolting against the same transnational policing and trade policies. 

April 28, 2015

Why that’s a big win for the poor, people of color, and economic justice in general.

April 20, 2015

A challenge to Rahm Emanuel and corporate Democrats sows the seeds of a new urban populism.

April 8, 2015

When it counts, the newest Republican presidential candidate sides with autocrats who thwart local control, democracy and, yes, liberty.

April 7, 2015