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" The federal government talks a good game about homeland security. And yet cities, like Los Angeles, are constantly struggling to get the resources we need to provide that security. "

Battles between the city's black and Latino gangs are the outcome of a dismal racial and economic situation.

Urban restaurateurs, activists and consumers are seeking "food
justice," insisting that healthy food shouldn't be a privilege for
the wealthy and white.

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

Three new books explore how an absence of regulation and active
policies of racial exclusion have shaped America's arid suburbs.

Advocacy groups like ACORN want New Orleanians to play a
role in the rebuilding of the community they had to leave. The biggest
issue so far: getting refugees of the storm back home.

New Orleans, a city full of idiosyncrasies, must be restored for the benefit of the nation as a whole.

Some storm victims evacuated from New Orleans were
"sorted" by age, race or gender. Is breaking up families and
prioritizing by race any way to deal with disaster?

At first glance New Orleans looks like a cross between a
giant conceptual art installation or the set of a cold war disaster
movie.

New Orleans is the classic tale of two cities: one
showy, middle-class and white; the other poor, downtrodden and
low-income black.

Blogs

What does a publicly traded corporation do when its defense-contracting business is flat? Move more aggressively into the privatization of city services. 

December 13, 2013

Chicago’s commitment of almost half a billion dollars to privatize its transit fare collections sweated greed from every pore—and it doesn’t even work.

December 10, 2013

De Blasio won with NYC voters "regardless of race, gender, age, education, religion or income." 

November 5, 2013

Watch for the signs of changing political tides this Election Day.

November 5, 2013

With de Blasio coming out on top in last night’s debate, Republicans regroup for future attacks. 

October 16, 2013

Chicago’s parking meter deal doesn’t just sell off city assets—it uconstitutionally sells off the city’s very power to police itself.

September 5, 2013

Paper backs Christine Quinn as heir to Bloomberg. But do Democrats really want more of the same?

August 26, 2013

And it's time for Congress to recognize that.

July 22, 2013

Bankruptcy will dramatically alter Detroit's future. Yet, Michigan’s governor seeks it without consulting the voters.

July 18, 2013

From public housing to living wages, how can New York rebuild as a more equal, just city? 

December 7, 2012