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The Great Urban-Rural Happiness Debate

Some numbers say small-town folk are happier than city folk, but the true story is much more complicated

Yerwada Slum Upgrading Project, Pune, India, courtesy SDI

Design With, Instead of for, the Other 90%

A new exhibit reveals how architects and designers are embracing community participation in developing world projects

Courtesy Queens Museum of New York

The Model City

The use of scale models in city planning has gone out of fashion, but interest in them as historical records remains high

Courtesy Wahlia Creative

A Tale of Two Arenas: Detroit's Silverdome vs. Pittsburgh's Civic Arena

Two cities choose two very different paths in dealing with aging stadiums

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Wanted: More Practical Discussions of Urban Farming

The new book 'Carrot City' celebrates the aesthetics of urban agriculture

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Keeping Stadium Neighborhoods Alive in the Off-Season

Cleveland finds a way to embrace winter at Progressive Field

Gary Leonard

L.A.'s Citywide Block Party

Sunday's 10-mile street closure in Los Angeles is a sign of progress in a city short on public space

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The Best and Worst of Official City Flags

They're less visible, but most cities have flags just like countries or states. Some are great. Others, not so much.

via MoveArkansas

In Little Rock, a Crosswalk That Forbids Crossing

By restricting pedestrian movement, the city rewards bad drivers

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Car-Crushing Vilnius Mayor Wins 'Ig Nobel' Peace Prize

Arturas Zuokas's viral tank video honored for 'improbable research'

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Gary Gates, UCLA Williams Institute

The Geography of Same-Sex Couples

Revised census figures reveal the cities with the most same-sex households

An Illustrated 'Food Rules' for the Rest of Us

Michael Pollan's bestseller returns with whimsical art from Maira Kalman

Courtesy ArtPrize

Grand Rapids Lures Artists with Enormous Cash Prize

ArtPrize is delivering on crowds, but whether that's translating to economic opportunity for the city remains to be seen

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Cities in Space

NASA's 1970s ideas for creating colonies between the Earth and the moon

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Fairmount Park in Riverside, Calif. (Courtesy APA)

Great Neighborhoods, Streets, and Public Spaces for 2011

30 examples of great places in American cities from the American Planning Association

Courtesy BNIM and Farshid Assassi

Green Recovery in Greensburg, Kansas

Award-winning streetscape project helps rebuild a tornado-damaged town

A Grassroots Guide to Saving the Rust Belt

Jack Storey of the group Saving Cities on their new film, 'Red, White & Blueprints'

Courtesy Mera Rubell

Why I Love My City: Mera Rubell on Miami

The art collector discusses why she's so passionate about Miami, and which city is the best place to live for artists

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Classic Documentary on Public Space Now Available Online

The pioneering 'Social Life of Small Urban Spaces' explores public plazas and their uses