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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

Not if Andrew Cuomo succeeds in diverting the money into the state’s general fund. 

January 17, 2014

NYU’s expansion plans hit a snag after State Supreme Court Justice Donna Mills ruled that the city illegally approved construction within public parklands without the state’s approval.

January 9, 2014

To carry out its ambitious progressive agenda, the de Blasio administration needs focus on sustained citizen engagement.

January 8, 2014

Kshama Sawant sees her election as “a sign that we are heading into a period of political change.”

January 6, 2014

The press defends a helpless city against the terror that is Melissa Mark-Viverito.

January 6, 2014

Everybody loves the former president. But he was no De Blasio Democrat.

January 2, 2014

An agenda of constitutional amendments, structural changes and referendum votes for raises and rights.

January 1, 2014

He takes the oath, and observers weigh in on what it all means.

January 1, 2014

The mayor-elect is getting pressure to include more blacks and Latinos among his appointments.

 

December 30, 2013

Forget what the talking heads tell you: our current mayor was often a lot more, and often a lot less, than just a manager.

December 28, 2013