Design

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How Good Is D.C. to Artists, Musicians, and Writers?

The city holds several advantages for creative types, despite its high cost of living

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The Awkward Art of Neighborhood Naming

Feeling connected to a neighborhood is a good thing. But what if where you live doesn't have a real name?

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The Lost City of Cahokia

New evidence of a "sprawling metropolis" that existed in East St. Louis from 1000-1300 A.D.

Postcard From New Orleans

The murder rate jumped 14 percent and other news

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What's a Hockey Game Worth?

Today's NHL Winter Classic has netted cities as much as $36 million in revenue and Philadelphia is hoping to exceed that record

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2011's Most Interesting Cultural Buildings

Striking libraries, museums and community facilities

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Postcard From Wuhan

The city has pledged to build a new subway line every year between now and 2017

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Why Size Matters in Pro Sports Victories

When it comes to winning championships, big cities have some natural assets. But smaller areas can leverage their own advantages too

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What Gets Dropped on New Year's Eve

Possums, wrenches, potato chips and other strange traditions

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Building a 'Gay' Building

New York City's first gay urban resort will open next year. Is this the start of a new brand of architecture?

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Postcard From Yerevan

In 2012, the parents of every new baby will receive about $129 from the government, and other news

Memphis, Then and Now (1887 to 2011)

The city went broke in the 1870s. A look at how the Memphis of today compares with this low point

The Best Of 'Best Ofs' of 2011

A round-up of the strangest city highlights from alternative weeklies around the country

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Postcard From Vatican City

The bidding war that wasn't for Vatican.xxx and other news from the holy city

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Balancing a City's Past and Future

How can we preserve what makes a place great while allowing it to evolve?

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Why They Call Green Bay 'Titletown'

Why cities like Green Bay win an outsize number of championships

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The City IKEA Built

The home retail giant is building a walkable, mostly car-free neighborhood in East London

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New City Slogans of 2011

The best - and strangest - in urban catch phrases

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North Korea's 7-Mile Fuschia Rainbow Hotel

The farcical design mimics the vision Kim Jong Il allegedly saw at birth