The authorities don’t need a conviction or even for a suspect to be charged with a crime before seizing a car, cash or even a house.
Politicians on the left and right object to this practice, which the Trump administration is championing.
Solar panels are integrated into a block of flats in the Viikki area of Helsinki, Finland.
Not everyone can afford to pay for solar panels up front, but local planners can help disadvantaged households overcome energy poverty in several ways.
Cars leaving Beaumont, Texas during a mandatory evacuation before the arrival of Hurricane Gustav, August 30, 2008.
Why did some Texas coastal cities order mandatory evacuations ahead of Hurricane Harvey while others, including Houston, did not? There is no formula for these decisions; either choice can backfire.
Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba, leads a campaign to clean up the city streets.
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Are different ways of governing emerging from South Africa's cities governed by opposition coalitions?
The City of Sydney is aiming to get 50% of its electricity from renewables by 2030.
A new report from the Climate Council details the climate policy ambitions of Australian cities and local governments, and launches a new project to link their efforts together.
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Despite the surge of community support after the Grenfell Tower fire, the failure of the local council and the government to respond appropriately has caused anger, offence and further suffering.
A public backlash against council amalgamations appears to have forced the NSW government to shift its position.
The proposed amalgamation of 40 NSW councils has generated heated opposition. While public resistance has now won out in several regional communities, it's a different story in the city.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signs legislation lowering the default speed limit from 30 to 25 miles per hour, Oct. 27, 2014.
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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have painted starkly different views of U.S. cities during the campaign. Will the next president deliver the funding and political support mayors are seeking?
Even within our homes dogs can be perceived as a nuisance.
Understanding animal management and making it work better for our interspecies society will benefit humans and dogs alike.
Accustomed to abundant, convenient food supplies, Australians have a complacent attitude to urban food security.
The draft agenda for the UN urban development conference in Quito neglects the food systems on which the wellbeing of the world's 4 billion city dwellers depends.
South African President Jacob Zuma reacts during the official announcement of the municipal election results in Pretoria.
Various commentators have wrongly over the last 22 years said that black people voted blindly for ANC governments. There's no better example why the academy needs a dramatic post-colonial overhaul.
Falling revenues and cuts are threatening a crucial lifeline for those living in country areas.
South Africans’ right to vote was hard fought and hard won.
South Africa's university students have shown that they can have an impact on the political landscape. That's why it's so important that they exercise their right to vote.
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British people clearly want to 'take back control' – and Brexit might just give them the chance.
In addition to a shortage of public toilets, current innovations in their design may not be suitable for an ageing population.
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Millions of people need to be confident that suitable public toilets will be available when they leave their homes. A shortage of such facilities is a serious problem for an ageing population.
Residents of Zandspruit, a shanty town north-west of Johannesburg, during a violent protest against the removal of illegal electricity connections.
The brouhaha over South Africa's upcoming high-stakes municipal elections hides critically important questions about the continued relevance of local government amid growing public disaffection.
Key discussion points are captured during one of the forums that helped develop the Resilient Melbourne Strategy.
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The Resilient Melbourne Strategy, adopted this month, marks a shift towards “whole-of-city” thinking.
The UK’s ‘City Deals’ have been claimed as responsible for the renaissance of Greater Manchester.
Evidence from the UK experience suggests there are pros and cons in both City Deals and Devolution Deals.
Is the government turning its back on localism?
A closer look at the recent local elections can help to shine a light on the future of the "Northern Powerhouse" and its impact on local democracy in the North of England.
While Melbourne City Council is responsible for the CBD, governance of the vast area of metropolitan Melbourne is poorly co-ordinated between 31 councils in all.
Governance of metropolitan Melbourne is fragmented among 31 city councils. All levels of government need to work towards creating a metropolitan authority to meet the challenges of a growing city.