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City Hall often fights to keep files secret in police abuse suits

Chicago Tribune | Taryn Finley | Posted 06.24.2016 | Black Voices

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration routinely fights turning over information in federal civil rights lawsuits against Chicago police officers, often ...

The Movement to Transform Data Into Action in US Cities

Michele Jolin | Posted 04.19.2016 | Impact
Michele Jolin

From crime reduction to eliminating blighted properties, cities across the country are using data to improve services, meaningfully engage residents, and make better decisions.

It's Time to Give the DWP a Reboot

Austin Beutner | Posted 02.17.2017 | Los Angeles
Austin Beutner

DWP services affect the daily life of everyone in Los Angeles. The city deserves a public utility that is operated in the long-term best interests of its customers, employees and our environment. For that to happen, we need the DWP to have strong, independent leadership.

Dear Governor Cuomo and Mayor De Blasio: Want Universal Broadband? Get Billions Back from Verizon and Time Warner Cable

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.04.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Over the last two decades there has been a continuous pattern of throwing money, our money, at broadband again and again. Ironically, instead of taking on the companies, many times these additional funds can end up in the hands of the same companies.

Slavery, Curfews, Property, and Marriage

Buster Ross | Posted 05.01.2016 | Politics
Buster Ross

Being out past curfew was against the law for slaves in the colonies. Should slaves have respected the law and brought about change through legal means?

Toronto: Touring Around the 2014 International Film Festival

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.21.2014 | Travel
Dwight Brown

The unique blend of locals and visitors stops the Distillery District from being a tourist trap like New York's South Street Seaport. The place feels organic, authentic, warm and inviting. It's steeped in history.

Prove Your Love at City Hall

Mark Morford | Posted 09.28.2014 | San Francisco
Mark Morford

Don't cringe like that. I hereby defy anyone, no matter your opinion on matrimony or public institutions, to hang out at SF's most iconic civic landmark for a single afternoon and not feel at least moderately blasted anew in the heart, in the blood, down to your skeptical and wary soul.

My Time as a Philly Juror

Thom Nickels | Posted 09.16.2014 | Crime
Thom Nickels

When my jury summons notice appeared in the mail, all I could do was breathe a sigh of despair. You know how it is: the jury in-take crowds, the lists of instructions to be followed, the canned videos.

Harnessing Government Technology for Good

Ben Hecht | Posted 06.18.2014 | Impact
Ben Hecht

It's no surprise that technology has changed how people interact and redefined our notion of community. What you may not know is the extent to which g...

How I Learned To Love City Hall Weddings

Marta Segal Block | Posted 06.02.2014 | Weddings
Marta Segal Block

After all these years of writing about weddings though, I recently went to my first Chicago City Hall wedding. This is what I learned: City Hall weddings aren't beautiful in spite of being held in a court room, they're beautiful because of it.

From Ideas to Action: Cities as Drivers of Economic Opportunity

Ben Hecht | Posted 05.21.2014 | Impact
Ben Hecht

By accelerating the ability of cities to adapt and grow, we will accelerate our nation's economic growth and competitiveness.

Ballet Opening Gala, a Phantastic Phenomenon

Jennifer Raiser | Posted 04.05.2014 | San Francisco
Jennifer Raiser

San Francisco Ballet was in phenomenal form for its Opening Night Gala; fortunately the party's prescient planners were well aware when they picked "P...

Philadelphia's Most 'Disreputable and Disrespected Building'

Thom Nickels | Posted 03.18.2014 | Impact
Thom Nickels

In the 1970s, Philadelphia's architectural treasure, City Hall, suffered from abuse and neglect. Not only did the portals leading into the courtyard s...

Celebs Who Said 'I Do' At City Hall

YourTango | Posted 10.24.2013 | Celebrity

From Paris to L.A. to New York, certain celebs are dumping big, lavish weddings in place of small, private ceremonies at their local city hall....

Top 8 Reasons Anthony Weiner Can't Be Mayor

Seriously Skewed | Posted 09.23.2013 | Comedy
Seriously Skewed

Is Anthony Weiner just a victim of really bad timing or does the man never learn? We don't know for sure but one thing is for certain: the odds of him becoming Mayor of New York City are pretty low right now.

Small Boat, Big City: Kayaking From Manhattan To The Statue of Liberty

Peter Mandel | Posted 08.26.2013 | Travel
Peter Mandel

Warm, and full of puffing sailboats, and washing-machine clean. I am having a hard time believing this is New York harbor -- and that I am kayaking it.

Revise Zoning Code to Boost Public Facilities

Tucker Reed | Posted 07.10.2013 | New York
Tucker Reed

Changing zoning rules to encourage developers to include state-of-the-art municipal facilities within their projects, at no or greatly reduced cost to the city, could create new libraries, schools and municipal offices with little impact on the capital budget.

Could Downtown Vegas Become the Next Hub for Startups? (WATCH)

Shira Lazar | Posted 05.11.2013 | Technology
Shira Lazar

Zappos founder and CEO Tony Hsieh stopped by the Samsung Blogger Lounge to discuss the revitalization project of Downtown Las Vegas, the new SXSW v2v program, and incredible predictions for the future of business and technology.

Movie Review: Broken City

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.19.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Allen Hughes' Broken City has the bones and perhaps even the DNA of a better, darker and more interesting film. It isn't awful, just kind of pale and predictable.

Romney vs. Bloomberg: Can the Super-Rich Really Govern?

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 11.14.2012 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

Romney's experience in the private sector might help him run our country and turn around our economy, but not without empathy for the 99%. His positions speak loudly in this regard.

Why I Loved My Secret Wedding

Kate Awsumb | Posted 08.02.2013 | Weddings
Kate Awsumb

During our impromptu toast and cake cutting/face smashing, complete with two-foot tall "Bride" and "Groom" glasses gifted by a friend, I heard someone whisper to the person next to her, "Did they actually get married or not? I'm so confused!"

Four Arrested At Occupy Palm Beach

Posted 03.05.2012 | Miami

West Palm Beach police arrested four Occupy Palm Beach protesters early Monday morning after city authorities told the activists to vacate the old Cit...

WATCH: Incredible Star Wars-Themed Escalator

Posted 12.14.2011 | Home

Is this the world's most amazing display of interior design? The Eighth Wonder of the World? Admittedly, the landmark looks surprisingly uncrowded -- ...

Bloomberg To Appeal Order To Release Correspondences With Cathie Black

Posted 12.07.2011 | New York

The Bloomberg administration is set to appeal an order from the State Supreme Court to release email correspondences between the Mayor and former Scho...

A Street Closing in Queens Hurts Business but Unites a Community

Daniel Medina | Posted 01.30.2012 | New York
Daniel Medina

The customers are gone. Empty red steel chairs line rows of computer desks where they once sat. A tall stack of bills lies on a cracking, worn-out wooden desk that cannot be repaired until business is good again, if that is anytime soon.