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Do Basketball Arenas Spur Economic Development?

The latest research finds arenas are "not the cause of development so much as they are the effect."

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Data-Mining a City's Visual Identity

Researchers train an algorithm to tell us why Paris looks like Paris.

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Trees vs. Power Lines: Will We Have to Choose?

The debate over how to secure our nation's power grids comes courtesy of yet another climate change-related feedback loop.

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The Geography of Bars and Restaurants

America's best cities for eating and drinking, according to Trulia.

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Death for the World's Largest Eco-Bathroom

All the bathroom news that's fit to print.

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The U.S. Airports Most Likely To Influence the Spread of Global Disease

The worst culprits aren't necessarily the ones you'd expect.

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The Secret Lives of Zipcar Drivers

Think the system runs on sharing, community and trust? You're wrong.

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Large U.S. Cities and Tolerance

How America's biggest metro areas stack up.

How Your City May Have Affected Your Raise

Wage growth varies considerably by metropolitan area, according to numbers from the most recent quarter.

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Reinventing Public Art, Thousands of LEDs at a Time

Screen-based installations are heading to cities all over the world.

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9 Utterly Bizarre Museums

Voodoo, skulls, tattooed skin and more oddities from cities around the world.

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A Quest for Consensus on Boston Neighborhood Boundaries

An interactive mapping effort tries to find where locals think their neighborhoods actually are.

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The Suburban Ripple Effect of Sustainable Cities

When major cities embrace climate and energy initiatives, the communities around them inevitably follow.

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The Insurance Company That Thought Its Buildings Could Save Cities

Why Prudential thought it could save America's downtowns through its own decentralization.

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Meet 'Strappy,' the Almost-There Future of Urban Transport Technology

Near-field communication — which turns your phone into your fares, ads, and more — has shown both promise and problems.

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This Week in Bans: Santa Monica Outlaws Christmas Displays

Also banned recently: Porch sofas in Durham, North Carolina; public profanity near Boston; a British man who drinks mouthwash.

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A Jacket That Lets Introverts Hide in a Cloud of Fog

This weather-producing coat out of Cambridge is perfect for city-dwellers who want privacy.

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This Week in Bans: Moscow Outlaws Gay-Pride Parades for Next 100 Years

Also, California cities binge on foie gras before it's banned; Boston knocks down satellite dishes; you can't dress up like Tinker Bell at Disney World; a British city welcomes back meter maids.

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Which City Might Try to Ban Huge Sodas Next?

Deductive reasoning says Seattleites should drink 'em while they got 'em.