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As hurricane season began in earnest, Ray Nagin, who famously declared New Orleans a "chocolate city," began his second term as mayor. What better time to appreciate the way George Clinton, America's should-be poet laureate, has funked up politics?

Why does the FBI find it necessary to spy on Portand's City Council?

Hurricane victims are still homeless in New Orleans, but thanks to the federal government's $30 million contract bonanza, Blackwater USA's profits are soaring.

Times Square may be the most dynamic urban space of the twentieth
century, but you wouldn't know it from reading Marshall Berman's On
the Town.

A tribute to Jane Jacobs's extraordinary vision of urban life and her
passionate care for people and places.

Fewer than half of New Orleans's black voters will be able to participate
in upcoming city elections, thanks to passive opposition from the Bush
Administration and listless advocacy from Democrats.

Google and other telecom giants are wooing cities with plans to create public Wi-Fi grids. But there's no such thing as a free digital lunch: The price we pay is a loss of online privacy.

Mayor-appointed commissions and experts, mostly white and Republican,
propose to radically shrink and reshape a majority-black and Democratic
city.

A perfect storm of malign neglect is battering the victims of Hurricane
Katrina. But the people of New Orleans are fighting back: They deserve
our support as they press for the rights of the displaced.

The Bush Administration failed to protect New Orleans and has yet
to rescue its displaced citizens. We need an independent investigation
to force accountability.

Blogs

The governor says a higher minimum wage in New York City could cause chaos.

February 12, 2014

The mayor traded applause lines for critique and permitted comparisons of his ambition to La Guardia's.

February 10, 2014

Squaring community needs with developers’ desires requires not kinder-and-gentler rezoning but a new process for shaping the city.

February 10, 2014

The Gay Officers Action League supports the mayor's decision not to march, and respects individual officers' right to participate, while calling for allies to join in the boycott.

February 8, 2014

The mayor has named Chirlane McCray to head the Fund to Advance New York City, one of several nonprofits launched by earlier mayors, all of which are stingy with information about donors.

February 7, 2014

Advocates hoped the mayor would bar city uniforms at an event that excludes gay and lesbian groups.

February 5, 2014

The new mayor has a real emergency on his hands.

February 4, 2014

We’re only thirty-four days into the de Blasio administration, but we’ve already seen enough to draw five conclusions about what kind of mayor he’ll be.

February 3, 2014

In February 1914, an editorial warned against allowing a small, privileged driving minority to jeopardize the lives of everyone else.

February 1, 2014

Following through on a key campaign promise, de Blasio agrees to an inclusive reform process for stop-and-frisk—but does it matter?

January 30, 2014