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The 10 Healthiest U.S. Housing Markets Going in to 2013

Metros with strong job growth, low vacancy rates and low foreclosure inventory.

Even American Drivers Like Mass Transit More Than They Think

A quarter of car commuters gave up their parking permits after a recent trial in Boston.

The Stark Geographic Inequality of the Home Mortgage Interest Deduction

A small number of coastal cities get the bulk of the benefit.

Riding the Subway as Therapy

Wrapped in steel and plastic and surrounded by strangers, public transportation can be as soothing as a night out with friends.

America Is Finally Closing Prisons. Now What Do We Do With Them?

The trickiest reuse challenge yet.

Unsolicited Political Advice of the Day: Mitt for Mayor!

And other juicy tidbits.

The Leading U.S. Cities for LGBT Equality

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

The Rise of 'Urban Ecology'

Scientists have taken a new interest in how plant and animal life respond to the city.

Trade of the Day: Bostonians May Pay for Parking Tickets With Toy Donations

It has become a Beantown tradition.

From Coffee Cups to Climate Change, Do Local Efforts Really Matter?

Plastic bag and Styrofoam bans may seem like small potatoes. But local legislation often inspires bigger fixes.

A New Policy That Incentivizes Walkable Neighborhoods

Massachusetts pushes diverse, dense zoning.

To Get America Growing Again, We Have to Look to Our Most Productive Metro Areas

The United States is not just as a single national economy but a collection of city and metro economies, and they're growing at starkly different rates.

America's Most Diverse Neighborhoods

More and more suburbs are cropping up as hubs.

The Needlessly Inscrutable Geography of Scientific Funding

Data are scarce, but a look at grants from the National Institutes of Health gives us at least a partial picture.

Accident of the Day: U-Lock Becomes You-Lock For a Few Hours

Way to lock up that neck.

Early Scenes From Sandy

How things looked early Monday, before the bulk of the storm made landfall on the U.S. East Coast.

These Are the Hurricane Maps You Should Worry About Now

Hint: The really ugly part will be the storm surge.

Hurricane Sandy's Track: 10 Million People Could Lose Power

And that's the "conservative estimate," according to a Johns Hopkins engineer.

Hurricane Sandy Provokes the Largest Preemptive Public Transportation Shutdown in U.S. History

As Sandy bears down on the East Coast, some of the biggest cities in America come to a virtual standstill.