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The Hit and Miss Architecture of New Courthouses

A tour of emerging trends in courthouse design.

Sarah Goodyear

Supporting Local Business with the Muscle of a 'Cash Mob'

At events all over the country, neighbors who want their money to stay local are swarming mom-and-pop shops.

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The Midwest's Big Economic Miscalculation

The rebirth of traditional industries isn't necessarily a good thing.

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Meme Extension of the Day: Xzibit on Parking Lots

A blogger gets creative in his opposition to proposed casino parking.

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Scenes From Above: A Former Steel Plant in Buffalo Goes Green

Decades since Bethlehem Steel shut down, the site sees small bits of new life.

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A Fix for America's Silent Sewer Scourge

Hundreds of U.S. cities still rely on antiquated systems that spew sewage during floods. Here's how one company is trying to change that.

You Are Where You Wear

The often subtle (and occasionally lucrative) art of expressing city pride, via t-shirt.

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Faces of the Rust Belt

Photographer Gregory Halpern captures scenes of despair and surprising strength in his new book, A.

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The U.S. Metro Areas That Attract the Most Seniors

America is aging quickly, but some cities are welcoming more seniors than others.

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The American Worker's Housing Affordability Crisis

Nearly a quarter of working households spend more than 50 percent of their income on housing.

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The Scourge of 1970s-Era Office Towers

Two Rust Belt cities grapple with architectural obsolescence. 

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Not Every City Can Be the 'Most Bicycle-Friendly'

A few ideas for less competitive but still worthwhile city superlatives.

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What the Latest Report on Racial Inequality Doesn't Tell Us

New numbers from the Urban Institute require some context.

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The Death Row of Urban Highways, Part 2

A look at five more city-infringing freeways targeted for much-needed demolition.

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Where the Jobs Will Be in 2020

A critical look at the Bureau of Labor Statistics' employment projections for the rest of the decade.

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Strip Malls Like You've Never Seen Before

The American landscape is littered with the decaying corpses of strip malls. Here are a few innovative ways we can turn them to our advantage.

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Outbreak Watch: Erin Brockovich Investigates Mysterious Student Illness in Upstate New York

Students in Le Roy, New York, are beset by an unexplained storm of tics and verbal outbursts.

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Zen and the Art of Snow Plow Maintenance

When it comes to allocating resources to remove snow, cities can often only guess and hope for the best

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The Tricky Second Wave of Urban Highway Removals

For a lot of cities, demolishing the most obvious candidates was the easy part