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When Preparing for Major Events, How Should Cities Balance Civil Rights and Security?

As Chicago readies to host the G8 and NATO summits, its police force gets ready for what could be a historic gathering of protesters.

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In Chicago, A Store for Bike Snobs (and Coffee Lovers)

A new shop will sell hand-made, locally built bicycles to riders who want to stay a while

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Can Water Save Milwaukee?

One entrepreneur is trying to remake the city as a capital of water technology

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A Green Revolution in Chicago

The city has big plans for its lake front

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When Police Abuse Surveillance Cameras

What happens when officers turn the surveillance cameras off to hide their misbehavior?

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A Plan for America's Largest Urban Park

A new initiative will convert 140,000 acres in Chicago into a public recreation "hub"

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Visualizing the Chicago River Reversal

A recently uncovered collection of photographs documents this engineering feat

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Are Crime Cameras Really Worth the Money?

Cities spend millions on high-tech systems. But after decades of research, we still don't know whether they work

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Cleveland Lays Out the Welcome Mat

Global Cleveland hopes to use the city's economic growth and downtown development to lure 100,000 new residents

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Chicago Asks Students to Help It Be More Transparent

A new Northwestern course starting in January tasks undergraduates with shining a light on city government

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Why Your Water Bill Must Go Up

America's water infrastructure crisis is going to get a lot worse—and a lot more expensive—before it gets better

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Grocery Stores on Wheels

Mobile fresh food trucks are popping up in under-served neighborhoods all over the country

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Is Blotting the Best Solution for Shrinking Cities?

In places like Cleveland, Detroit, and Chicago, homeowners are being encouraged to expand the footprint of their properties

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Why $1 Billion Doesn't Buy Much Transit Infrastructure Anymore

Blame pricier consultant fees, high labor costs and age

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New Life for Chicago's Least Popular Waterway

Architect Jeanne Gang wants to remake Bubbly Creek into a destination