Cities

EVERY CENT COUNTS
The city was “desperate,” says Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt, a Republican. Land values were low, and there was no one downtown. The answer, in one of the most conservative states in the nation, was to raise taxes. Civic leaders developed the MAPS (Metropolitan Area Projects) program, a series of limited-time, one-cent sales taxes, which have brought in a total of more than $1.5 billion.
ANOTHER ONE RIDES THE BUS
TransitCenter’s Steven Higadishe has created a how-to guide to help city leaders and public transportation advocates save struggling bus systems.
SUCH NOT SO GREAT HEIGHTS
At 5100 meters' elevation, a Peruvian gold mining town is the world's highest settlement — and a good place to study how life at extremely low oxygen levels ravages the body.
POP CYCOLOGY
It started with a revving engine and what sounded like a series of fireworks. It was the Saturday before Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and Esplanade Avenue was crowded with cars leaving the evening’s parade. I looked out a cafe window and saw dust settling over the street. As a silent crowd began to gather, I noticed the shards of bicycle scattered across the road.
IT'S AN OBSCURE TOWN, YOU PROBABLY HAVEN'T HEARD OF IT
What is the Williamsburg, Brooklyn of your state? 50 people from 50 states give their best guess at the most hipster town in their home state.
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