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Barack Obama, the Urban Presidentnew

There's a new advocate for regionalism in America. His name is President-elect Barack Obama.
Artvoice  |  Bruce Fisher  |  12-01-2008  |  Commentary

An Open Letter to President-Elect Obamanew

Before Tuesday's election results were announced, we asked our fellow Milwaukeeans: If you could sit with the next president for two minutes, what would you tell him about your area of expertise? Here's what they had to say.
Shepherd Express  |  Staff  |  11-10-2008  |  Commentary

How Obama Can Become the President for Citiesnew

Here's what the president-elect's task could be: He could so shape federal policies on energy, infrastructure, transportation, housing, and environment that the 60-year trend toward suburbanization could change, such that the city once again becomes the focus of human activity in this country.
Artvoice  |  Bruce Fisher  |  11-10-2008  |  Commentary

Profanity Police in Memphis?new

During the Center City Commission's (CCC) pilot program to curb aggressive panhandling downtown, safety patrol officers also reprimanded people for loitering and profanity.
The Memphis Flyer  |  Bianca Phillips  |  10-03-2008  |  Crime & Justice

Is the Slow Food Movement Out of Reach for the Poor and Working Class?new

Social activists, like Brahm Amadi, director of People's Grocery in West Oakland, are questioning the Slow Food movement's relevance in a place as stratified and class-based as the Bay Area.
East Bay Express  |  Alastair Bland  |  10-01-2008  |  Food+Drink

Glendale Stewart Lives Way Off the Grid in Detroitnew

Six years ago, Stewart took a look at the world around him and decided to drop out of it. He quit working, bought an empty plot of land at a city auction, parked an old trailer on it, built a wood privacy fence around it and made it his home.
Metro Times  |  Detroitblogger John  |  09-23-2008  |  Housing & Development

Hard Questions for Joe Biden: A Face-to-Face with the VP Candidatenew

We could have asked a bunch of questions about Sarah Palin, and how she's a moose-hunting wrecking crew aimed at the Democrats' heads. Instead, we asked about Philly.
Philadelphia City Paper  |  Tom Namako  |  09-23-2008  |  Politics

Reclaiming San Francisco -- From Carsnew

The city's first ciclovia will open a car-free Embarcadero to cyclists this weekend.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Janna Brancolini  |  08-28-2008  |  Transportation

Have Foreclosures Pacified Minneapolis' Most Dangerous 'Hoods?new

Murder rates are down and sketchy spots are seeing crime overall dip. Could it be because there are simply fewer people to commit crime or be victimized by it?
City Pages (Twin Cities)  |  Bradley Campbell  |  08-06-2008  |  Crime & Justice

Rampant Foreclosures Have Torn the Very Fabric of Northeast Ohionew

In this young century, we've focused our collective attention elsewhere while market forces battered the vulnerable like a hurricane. And the subprime mortgage explosion was the economic Katrina; Northeast Ohio the Gulf Coast.
Cleveland Free Times  |  Dan Harkins  |  07-09-2008  |  Economy

Green-Collar Job Programs Address Two Urban Ills at Oncenew

"We were doing debris removal and giving disenfranchised people a segue into the work force. For those part-timers who really got involved, there was a sense of ownership and pride -- they could do this for their own neighborhood."
Philadelphia City Paper  |  Dana Henry  |  05-27-2008  |  Business & Labor

Rural People Once Watched the Weather; Now They Track the Price of Oilnew

Rural America's deep disaffection is in some ways more terrible than the pain of the inner city -- because urbanites never harbored any illusions about the Republicans' deceptive rhetoric.
Philadelphia City Paper  |  Bruce Schimmel  |  04-29-2008  |  Economy

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