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A New Vancouverism

Moving beyond the City of Glass.

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The Secret Energy Drain on Cities: Streetlights

San Diego County has made it easy for its cities to convert to energy-efficient streetlights.

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Asia: The World Leader in Super-Tall Statues

There are big statues of gods and heroes almost everywhere, but Asia dominates.

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Yes, There's an 'Urban Planning for Dummies' Book

And its author makes the case for why our cities need more dummies getting involved.

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Jakarta Is Sinking Itself Into the Ocean

Groundwater pumping and rising sea levels could leave millions flooded out of their homes.

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Urban Heat Island Effect Upside: It Can Be Good for Trees

Warmer temperatures help city trees grow eight times faster.

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One Thing Missing from the Urban Farm Movement: Farmers

With few skilled farmers, many urban gardens become victims of neglect.

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Green Infrastructure Could Save Cities Billions

New estimates find that moving toward sustainability can greatly reduce energy and water treatment costs.

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A Citywide English Lesson for Sochi, Russia

Preparing for crowds of foreigners when it hosts the 2014 Winter Olympics, a city looks to expand its vocabulary.

The Wildly Variable Definition of 'McMansion'

According to a new study, people in different places use the word very differently.

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Bad Zoning Can Ruin Your Kid's Life

A new report examines the link between standardized test scores and restrictive zoning regulations.

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The Biggest X-Factor in the Housing Market? Where Baby Boomers Will Choose to Retire

Planning and construction all over the country will need to shift dramatically as the retired population grows.

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The Post-Storm Chaser

Using a car-top video camera, USC researcher Andrew Curtis tracks disaster recovery over time.

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The Global Economic Dominance of U.S. Cities

Collectively, America's cities contribute more to global GDP than the rest of the world's cities combined.

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Three Paths to Large-Scale Urban Regeneration

Paris, San Francisco, and Guangzhou have very different approaches to realizing big plans.

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Is Bad Urban Design Making Us Lonely?

Social interaction can be encouraged by our built environment. But it isn't always.

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Just a Fraction More White Roofs Could Have a Huge Global Impact

Small improvements in roof and road reflectivity are estimated to help create big reductions in carbon emissions.

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Bike Sharing Is Coming to Los Angeles

The spread-out city will implement a privately-funded, 4,000-bike system later this year.

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Seeking Pedestrian Advocates in L.A., Where People Actually Do Walk

An advocacy group is growing as the city prepares to pay more attention to its walkers.