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The Growing Regional Divide in America's Abortion Debate

A new poll shows the South Central states are more opposed to abortion than ever.

Thanks, Taylor Swift: Nashville Has America's Most Robust Music Economy

How Nashville's music industry really lives up to the hype.

The Persistent Geography of Disadvantage

NYU sociologist Patrick Sharkey takes a hard look at why racial inequality in so many American neighborhoods spans generations.

Don't Let Bankruptcy Fool You: Detroit's Not Dead

The city's fiscal crisis is an opportunity to harness the region's economic promise.

America's Leading Venture Capital Area Codes

A more fine-grained look at the geographic centers of start-up investment. 

It's Not Just Zimmerman: Race Matters a Lot in 'Stand Your Ground' Verdicts

The Trayvon Martin case and how the definition of justice differs across America.

An Effort to Gather the Best New Urban Policy Innovations in One Place

According to a survey of 200 experts.

The Connection Between Venture Capital and Diverse, Dense Communities

Start-up activity today is associated with more talent-driven, more innovative metros.

How Walkability Shapes Political Activism

Social movement organizations are strongly correlated to key elements of cities.

High-Tech Challengers to Silicon Valley

San Jose's lock on high-tech activity is no longer what it once was.

Is the U.S. Turning Into a Nation of Temps? Depends on Where You Live

Temporary employment accounted for 15 percent of the nation's job growth over the past four years, but some metro areas are worse off than others.

Urban Home Values Are Rising Faster Than Suburban Ones

Housing prices were up 11.3 percent in cities versus 10.2 percent in suburban neighborhoods.

Are These America's Brainiest Cities?

Why some places might have better cognitive skills than others.

Wealthy Foreigners Are Clustering In Only a Handful of U.S. Neighborhoods

Plutocratization is a problem in a very select group of U.S. cities — three to be exact.

America's Leading Metros for Venture Capital

The Bay Area remains at the top, but several cities are starting to catch up.

The Silicon Valleys of Everything

There's a reason this cliché won't die.

A Better Way of Measuring America's Science and Tech Jobs

A new study argues that only half of our so-called STEM jobs require a college degree.

Why No City Can Afford to Forget About Seniors

Baby boomers aren't drawn to the same sorts of retirement communities their parents were.

The New Global Start-Up Cities

Our first in a series examining the changing geography of venture capital and high-tech companies.