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'Crowd-Sourcing Can't Build Bridges': Looking Beyond the Rebuild Era

Cities and citizens are working together to rebuild communities and grow jobs. What comes next?

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Rethinking Our Cities in the Rebuild Era

In recent years, we've seen an explosion of events and organizations aiming to remake our neighborhoods and our cities.

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The Midwest's Rebuild Era, in Pictures

A sociologist and an urban historian document the community activism reshaping some of the cities hardest hit by the great recession.

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Welcome to the Rebuild Era

Lately, America's leaders have talked a lot about the need to rebuild. Has it begun?

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How Twitter Helped One Man Become Chicago's Most Popular Cab Driver

Rashid Temuri has more than 4,100 followers and more service calls than he can handle.

The World's Eco-Friendliest Urinal Makes Yellow Green

It's a bathroom, a planter, and a fertilizer all rolled into one.

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The Rise of the Temporary City

Pop-up spaces are having a permanent impact on the way we build.

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A Budget By (and For) the People

More and more cities are experimenting with participatory budgeting. But who really gets to decide how the money is spent?

A Bacon Bacchanalia, Coming to a City Near You

The annual Baconfest Chicago has taken off, and others may soon follow suit.

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Why This Chicago Non-Profit Wants Your Trash

They train the disadvantaged to transform garbage into beautiful furniture.

Steven Holl

City Life, Recreated in the Sky

To Antony Wood's mind, the future of cities is vertical, replete with super-tall buildings, rooftop parks and, yes, lots of skybridges.

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The Accidental DIY Developer

Chicago artist Theaster Gates takes his neighborhood-changing projects on the road.

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A Fix for America's Silent Sewer Scourge

Hundreds of U.S. cities still rely on antiquated systems that spew sewage during floods. Here's how one company is trying to change that.

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Two Big Public Space Makeovers for Chicago

A 2.65-mile elevated park and a massive makeover for Navy Pier are both in the works.

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The Historical Roots of Detroit's Ruin

In Detroit: A Biography, journalist Scott Martelle finds the answers behind today's Motor City buried deep in its past.

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Chicago's Booming Beer Scene, Explained

The Windy City is setting itself up as America's next beer mecca. Here's how they did it.

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Speeding Tickets for Going 26 MPH

A flood of new cameras in Chicago aims to slow motorists driving near schools.

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What's Behind the Urban Chicken Backlash

Are chickens pets-with-benefits or neighborhood nuisances that turn backyards into D.I.Y. slaughterhouses?

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How Istanbul Became One of Europe's Safest Cities

The city's unique policing system is deeply rooted in its history.