Chicago

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When Police Abuse Surveillance Cameras

What happens when officers turn the surveillance cameras off to hide their misbehavior?

Una Arquitetos

12 Eye-Catching Storefronts

A dozen facades that are sure to attract curious shoppers

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The Best Metro Data Releases of 2011

There's never been a better time to be an urban researcher

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A Plan for America's Largest Urban Park

A new initiative will convert 140,000 acres in Chicago into a public recreation "hub"

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How Public Transit Celebrates the Holidays

A roundup of the best train lights and subway car decorations

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The Folly of Corporate Relocation Incentives

When cities compete to lure big companies, no one wins

Courtesy of The Lost Panoramas: When Chicago Changed Its River and the Land Beyond

Visualizing the Chicago River Reversal

A recently uncovered collection of photographs documents this engineering feat

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Feds Sue Over Tough Chicago Vacant Buildings Law

Who should be responsible for abandoned homes? Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac say "not us"

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How We're Failing Our Parks

America has more city parks, but less money to pay for them

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Are Crime Cameras Really Worth the Money?

Cities spend millions on high-tech systems. But after decades of research, we still don't know whether they work

The Future of Transit Fare Cards Is No Fare Card At All

Chicago and Philadelphia are doing away with fare cards in favor of an "open fare" system

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The Geography of American Brands

Some U.S. cities have more top global brands than many large countries

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The World's 10 Best Transit Poems

A short list of our favorite verses from public transportation around the globe

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Chicago Asks Students to Help It Be More Transparent

A new Northwestern course starting in January tasks undergraduates with shining a light on city government

Postcard From Chicago

Tow truckers stealing cars and a fight over the gay pride parade route

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Mapping Traffic Fatalities Across the Country

A new interactive map shows where drivers, bikers and pedestrians were killed 

Andrea Bowers & Olga Koumoundouros

The Most Artistic Cities in America

Some smaller neighborhoods maintain surprisingly vibrant artistic communities

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Why Your Water Bill Must Go Up

America's water infrastructure crisis is going to get a lot worse—and a lot more expensive—before it gets better

Reuters

Thanksgiving Boom Towns

Which cities will get the most visitors this holiday weekend?