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Saved From Demolition: The Cleveland House Where Langston Hughes Became a Writer

A teenaged Hughes rented an attic room, where he cooked himself hot dogs and rice and wrote for his high school literary magazine.

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A 140-Acre Forest Is About to Materialize in the Middle of Detroit

The city's emergency manager has approved a deal to turn scores of blighted properties into a lush green space with maple and oak trees.

A Tour of a Whole Country That Has 'Transformed Itself for Cycling'

How the Netherlands is treating new residential developments in smaller cities and suburbs.

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The Grim Math of the Working-Class Housing Crisis

What happens when skyrocketing rents meet stagnating wages among low-income workers? U.S. cities are finding out.

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The Most Widespread Environmental Carcinogen? The Air We Breathe

A ground-breaking new report finds that air pollution – not any one contaminant – is the "leading environmental cause of cancer deaths."

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The Rise of the Bicycle-Friendly Suburb

Bike infrastructure has become a hot amenity that can help municipalities draw new residents.

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Kolkata Tries to Reduce Traffic in the Worst Possible Way

Officials recently decided to prohibit people form using bicycles on nearly 200 streets in the central city during the day.

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The Politics of Fear Surfaces in New York Mayor's Race

Joe Lhota's "white woman clutching a subway pole with a black man in the background" moment.

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What We Can Do About Kids Killed by Cars

In the 1970s, the Dutch launched an effort to "stop the child murder" by drivers. Could the U.S. do the same?

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The City Where Bicycles Rule the Road

And how it got that way.

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Yo, Cops, Get Out of the Bike Lane!

A new Tumblr documents NYPD vehicles obstructing the city's much-vaunted dedicated bike infrastructure.

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What Role Should Police Play in Preventing Traffic Deaths?

"You're going to have accidents," says New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

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'What We Haven't Figured Out Is the Question of Gentrification'

Brutal honesty from New York City's planning director.

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The Plain Math of Disaster Preparedness: 'Every Dollar We Spent Saved 5 Dollars in Future Losses'

Lessons from the Great Flood of 1993.

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Could Bixi's Financial Problems Affect Bike-Share in New York, D.C. and Beyond?

The Montréal company that supplies bicycles and docking stations for major U.S. cities is suffering from major cash flow issues.

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Sometimes When Violence Strikes, It Can Be Easy to Overlook What Went Right

A stabbing attack in New York's Riverside Park acts as a reminder about the way cities really work.

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Two-Thirds of New York City Voters Say They Want Better Bike and Pedestrian Infrastructure

When the question is framed in terms of safety, there's plenty of agreement.

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How Little Things Add Up to Keep Homeless Kids From School

Baltimore's neediest students often struggle to find transportation and afford things like uniforms.

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Kids With a Diverse Group of Friends Feel Safer at School

And educators need to figure out ways to encourage social mixing opportunities among students.