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What Might Gas Stations Look Like When Hardly Anyone Uses Gas?

Some whimsical responses to a serious question.

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Just 20 Fish Could Overtake the Great Lakes

How a small population might lead to big problems for a $7 billion fishing industry.

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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It Took Months to Reach a Deal on Chicago Food Trucks

In a city with politics in its life's blood, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal gleams with compromise.

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Officials Gone Wild: Cook County Morgue CEO Flees Stacks of Corpses

Also, Los Angeles-area officials believe that "money makes the monkey dance," and a Georgia mayor struggles to get somebody to pay for his lawsuit.

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Watch These American Cities Segregate, Even As They Diversify

No, we have not reached the end of segregation. Something much more complicated is going on.

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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.

Bloomberg Offers $5 Million Prize for City Innovation

The "Mayors Challenge" will award "breakthrough solutions" to urban problems.

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Is It Time to Stop Building Convention Centers?

The convention center market is over-saturated, but the race to keep building them bigger and better hasn't slowed.

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See Chicago Coated in Neon Blues and Greens

The city's largest public art project opened this week.

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Chicago's Downtown Goes All 1980s With Immense, Fluorescent Art

Installation artist Jessica Stockholder wants pedestrians to feel like they're "walking through an animated film."

A Tourist's Guide For Your City's Mundane, Obscure Attractions

A handful of new travel companies ask what you'd learn if you approached the mundane in your own neighborhood like a tourist.

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Chicago's Ambitious Plan for Zero Traffic Fatalities

Can a city reduce the number of deaths to zero?

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Can Trees Actually Deter Crime?

Believe it or not, a new study of canopy coverage in Baltimore suggests maybe they can.

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Protesters to Chicago: Thank You Very Much

The NATO Summit wraps up, and Chicago returns to normal.

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The NBA's Small-Market Disadvantage

Two teams from smaller metros are doing remarkably well in this year's playoffs. But big city franchises have typically dominated NBA titles.

David Schalliol

The Midwest's Rebuild Era, in Pictures

A sociologist and an urban historian document the community activism reshaping some of the cities hardest hit by the great recession.

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Walk Score Launches Bike Score

How bikeable is your city?

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Best Places for New College Grads, 2012

The job market for this year's college graduates is tough, but choosing the right city can make all the difference.