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What Are the 7 Keys to a Strong Community?

Parks, community schools, and other essential elements.

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Why Amtrak Keeps Breaking Ridership Records and Will Continue To Do So

The rail operator's recent success should end the debate over its privatization.

Kaid Benfield

This Is What a Neighborhood Revitalization Actually Looks Like

A low-income community in Boston taps homegrown business leaders for a brighter future.

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Mapping the Potential for Solar Power On Every Roof

Nearly every square meter of rooftop in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has now been evaluated for its suitability to host solar panels.

Kaid Benfield

How LEED-ND Can Improve Older Neighborhoods

An inner-city neighborhood in Boston is providing a strong example of how the rating system can guide improvements.

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Is Boston's Bloody New Helmet PSA Bad for Cycling?

The shaming of helmet-less bikers continues, but this ad seems more likely to discourage people from biking than anything else.

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Bostonians Committed to School Diversity Haven't Given Up on Busing

Mayor Thomas Menino says busing is unpopular and outdated. So why are 10,000 Boston kids on a waiting list to be bused to higher-quality schools?

Kaid Benfield

One Incredibly Easy Way to Let People Know Your Neighborhood Is Getting Better

Simple as they seem, colorful signs suggest residents of this Boston neighborhood imagine a hopeful future.

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A Jacket That Hugs You For Getting Facebook 'Likes'

Say hello to the saddest clothing in the world.

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Low-Income Housing Can Be Energy Efficient Too

A Boston non-profit is retrofitting the city's affordable housing stock and cutting energy costs by about 20 percent. 

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The Most Elegant Transit Maps Ever

The Brooklyn couple behind Lineposters discuss their creative process and inspiration.

Dan Lurie

Here We Go Again: Retail Trucks Run Into Permitting Issues Everywhere

Mobile vendors selling clothes and shoes instead of food are popping up all over the place. How should cities treat them?

A Key Historic Preservation Tool Is on the Brink of Extinction

What's at stake if Congress cuts the historic preservation tax incentive.

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Rent This Boston Townhouse for Only $40,000 a Month

This restored property in Beacon Hill costs as much as renting an average house for a year.

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Turns Out Where You Live Really Does Shape Who You Are

Those stereotypes you hear about people in Boston and San Francisco – there's actually something to them.

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Where High-Growth Company Founders Start Out and Where They End Up

The flow of entrepreneurial talent and which metros are "producing," "exporting," "importing," and "consuming" it.

The Tragic Geography of Disconnected Youth

One in seven young Americans are neither working nor going to school.

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Packing Up: Where People Are Moving In and Out

Large, expensive U.S. metros were more likely to lose residents this summer.

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Could Co-Ops Help Solve Our College Grad Employment Crisis?

Students who participate in these programs have greater responsibility and a better chance of full-time employment.