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A Growing Divide in Urban Gun Violence

Homicides were down dramatically in some U.S. cities in 2012, but up in others.

Toward the Walkable City

Urban planner Jeff Speck chats with Cities about his latest book.

Football's Most Fanatical Cities

How do pro fans stack up against those who favor the college game on a city-by-city basis?

Mapping Brooklyn's Spiky Gentrification

Property values have soared in some neighborhoods. But other parts of the borough have been largely excluded from the boom.

Public Funding for Stadiums Jumps the Shark in Miami

Let's hope outrage over the Marlins deal never fades away.

The Where of 2012's Top Music

The global cities that dominated popular music this year.

A Search for America's Merriest Cities (Inspired By Dr. Seuss)

Introducing the Grinch Conversion Index. Where in the United States is Whoville?

How Economic Development Is Changing the Geography of Urban Crime

As inner cores become wealthier, crime will get pushed out of many cities.

A Few Surprises in New Bike Scores

Austin and Pittsburgh don't fare very well in Walk Score's bikeability ranking.

Gun Violence Is an Everywhere Issue

Americans can no longer pretend that shooting deaths are a problem relegated to the inner city.

The Geography of U.S. Gun Violence

What we can say for sure based on recent data.

Strategies for Increasing Diversity in Urban Tech Scenes

New York sets its sights on extending the benefits of the city's burgeoning start-up ecosystem.

Regardless How They're Counted, Incentives Do Nothing for Economic Development

A follow-up on our analysis of The New York Times series on state and local incentives to business.

What Marriage Equality Could Mean for Urban Economies

Demographer Gary Gates explains how the Supreme Court's gay marriage decisions could impact cities.

What It Really Takes to Foster an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Investor Brad Feld thinks cities need to let go of the idea of becoming the next Silicon Valley.

Why Denser Cities Are Smarter and More Productive

Another wrinkle in the density discussion.

The Uselessness of Economic Development Incentives

States, cities and counties give away $80 billion per year, but that doesn't seem to create stronger economies or lower unemployment.

Diversity: Another GOP Disadvantage

At what thresholds of diversity does a single county turn blue?

The Leading U.S. Cities for LGBT Equality

They are mostly found on the coasts, according to a new study.