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How Can the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man Help Cities Prepare for Disasters?

A new visualization tool tells city planners and emergency personnel which buildings would be at risk during a catastrophic event.

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The Mayor of Phoenix Talks About Better Transit in a Car-Reliant City

Greg Stanton on bikeability, road diets, and transit's key role in economic success. (Oh, and the Super Bowl.)

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Why Middle-Class Americans Can't Afford to Live in Liberal Cities

Blue America has a problem: Even after adjusting for income, left-leaning metros tend to have worse income inequality and less affordable housing.

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City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

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Is Vandalism Ever the Answer to Noisy Neighbors?

If you choose to live above a noisy bar but hate noise, is cutting its cable feed to tone things down OK?

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Reuters/Remo Casilli

Exploring Mussolini's Secret Bunkers

The city-owned Villa Torlonia will now offer tours inside the former dictator's hideouts.

AP Photo/Scott Anger

How Many Houses Can You Buy in Other Cities for the Price of One in Silicon Valley?

Abandon the tech hub for Youngstown, Ohio, and you could find yourself with 11 homes for the price of one.

Alex Brandon/AP

Standing Up for the Vietnamese Community of New Orleans

Minh Nguyen campaigned for environmental justice in his community after Katrina. In the years since, he and his group VAYLA have expanded their mission.

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Drawing Attention to Chicago's Anti-Homeless Measures With 'Compartment 13'

Chicago has constructed sloped barriers beneath the Kedzie Underpass to force out Lazarus Alcazar and other homeless men and women. This comic tells his story.

Reuters/Pilar Olivares

Solving the Global Housing Crisis

Some 330 million urban households worldwide are financially stretched by housing costs.

Flickr/La Citta Vita

Trailer Parks: An Underdog Solution to the Housing Crisis

Factory-made homes are a cheap and energy-efficient way for lower-income Americans to become homeowners. And these days, units can be pretty spiffy.

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Why Do People Move: Jobs or Housing?

A new study finds a close connection between the two.

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Oakland Can Now Order Landlords to Evict Sex Workers

A revised city ordinance claims to protect tenants from "nuisance" and crime. But it opens a suspiciously short and strategic path to evicting sex workers with little evidence, notice, or recourse.  

Flickr/mat's eye

The French Invented the Apartment

Two New York architects enamored with Parisian flats convinced Rutherford Stuyvesant to build New York's first apartment building in the late 1860s.

Flickr/Andrew Catellier

Boulder, Colorado, Has More Toilets Than People

A new and vital analysis from the real estate company Redfin ranks U.S. cities by toilet availability.

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One-Fifth of Detroit's Population Could Lose Their Homes

Many families could stay put for just a few hundred dollars—if only they knew how to work the system.

Alana Semuels

Can the Homeless Move Into Baltimore's Abandoned Houses?

There are more than 16,000 vacant homes in the city. Are they the solution to the long-standing housing crisis?

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What If We Had Measured Poverty Differently for the Past 50 Years?

The Census' Supplemental Poverty Measure paints a different picture of the poor and the social safety net.

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Reuters/Robert Galbraith

A Coal Worker's Life—With a Lot Less Coal

A photo essay of life along the King Coal Highway shows the struggling, post-mining towns of southern West Virginia.