The historic growth of urban American Islam has led some Muslims to respond in innovative ways to the issues and challenges of urban life.
From economic protectionism to police brutality to plain old corruption, small governments get into a lot of big brotherish kind of trouble. But if local government is sometimes bad, the alternative is not always better.
Analysts who head straight for urban policy jobs in Washington without first working within their own local communities are probably not going to be able to understand the perspective on the ground, or what real communities need.
As most ardent supporters of data will admit, even the most sophisticated indicator needs something more: community buy-in.
An interview with philosopher and artist Chris Yates detailing the importance of art for cities and communities
With the world's population rapidly moving to cities, sustainability issues such as energy, water, and food, will increasingly be urban concerns.