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Do Real-Time Updates Increase Transit Ridership?

In Chicago, the CTA Bus Tracker isn't just a great tool for existing riders — it's actually encouraged new ones.

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Surprise of the Day: Chicago Won't Host the G-8 Summit

After months of planning, the White House decided to shift the summit to Camp David.

You Are Where You Wear

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

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The Future of the Public Housing Project

Mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhoods can improve quality of life for the urban poor.

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For the Urban Poor, a Downside to Residential Mobility

A new study finds "unintended political consequences" of HUD's program to place poor families in higher-income neighborhoods.

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Strange Urban Animal Infestations, a History

Miami and house-eating snails, Seattle against a band of coyotes, and more stories of urban outbreaks.

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Chicago's Booming Beer Scene, Explained

The Windy City is setting itself up as America's next beer mecca. Here's how they did it.

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How More Expensive Housing Can Actually Cost You Less

An expansive new database could change the way Americans think about where we can afford to live.

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What Does a Subway Entrance Say About its City?

A photographic survey of the world's metro gateways.

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The Rise of the NBA Superstar City

What the geography of the All-Star game says about American cities and metros.

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Speeding Tickets for Going 26 MPH

A flood of new cameras in Chicago aims to slow motorists driving near schools.

Can Subways Ever Really Be Rat-Free?

In New York, legislators debate whether a bill banning food will cut down on the city's vermin.

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Why Alleys Deserve More Attention

On America's lackluster alleyways and what we can do about them: a conversation with Daniel Toole, author of Tight Urbanism.

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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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Chicagoans vs. Falling Icicles: A History

The Chicago skyline is gorgeous to look at, but in the winter it rains down icy fingers of death upon the populace.

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Can the Feds Save the Housing Market?

An ambitious new program would transform foreclosed homes into rentals. But will it help the cities that need it most?

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Should Building Taller Be Much, Much Easier?

Effective height restrictions may be hurting more of our cities than we realize.

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U.S. Cities Are Losing 4 Million Trees a Year

Tree coverage is steadily shrinking in urban America, according to a new study of aerial photos.

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

New numbers from the Urban Institute require some context.