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As Chicago Approves its Infrastructure Bank, Cities Across the Country Watch and Wait

The first-of-its-kind measure will allow the city to accept billions in private financing for infrastructure projects.

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A Budget By (and For) the People

More and more cities are experimenting with participatory budgeting. But who really gets to decide how the money is spent?

North America's Most Distinctive Theater Marquees

A sampling of some of the most vibrant, colorful signs.

A Bacon Bacchanalia, Coming to a City Near You

The annual Baconfest Chicago has taken off, and others may soon follow suit.

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Unusual Urban Pastime of the Day: Subway Speed Riding

An international duo tries to ride the New York subway from end to end faster than anyone else.

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Why This Chicago Non-Profit Wants Your Trash

They train the disadvantaged to transform garbage into beautiful furniture.

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The Enduring Effect of Neighborhoods

Harvard sociologist Robert J. Sampson on his new book, Great American City.

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Shoes Over Telephone Wires: This Probably Doesn't Explain It

Chicago residents are scratching their heads over this age-old mystery.

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Bus Rapid Transit

A new database corrals just about everything that's known about the 134 BRT systems in the world.

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The Elusiveness of Police Accountability

If Trayvon Martin had been shot by an officer, his killing wouldn't have sparked a national outcry. Why it's so hard to hold officers accountable for excessive force.

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Fashion Accessory of the Day: Subway Map Cuff Bracelets

A sleek, sartorial way to show your love for public transportation.

Infographic of the Day: The Top 5 U.S. Cities in 1940 vs. 2010

The Census Bureau is getting ready for the release of all the forms from its 1940 count.

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The Accidental DIY Developer

Chicago artist Theaster Gates takes his neighborhood-changing projects on the road.

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Skyscrapers of the Mad Men Era

Mysterious, simple, intimidating. These buildings define the 1960s just as much as a certain show.

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Chicago’s Overshadowed Chef Gets His Moment

Paul Kahan finally gets the recognition he deserves.

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Two Big Public Space Makeovers for Chicago

A 2.65-mile elevated park and a massive makeover for Navy Pier are both in the works.

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The Man Who Brought Texas BBQ to Chicago

Barry Sorkin is an Illinois native with no formal food background. Here's how he opened one of the city's most successful restaurants.

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How to Keep Buses From Bunching

A new model for "self-equalizing" bus routes may reduce wait time and increase reliability.

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The Case for Saving the Metro Editorial Board

Across the country, newspapers are cutting their editorial boards. Here's what we lose when they disappear.