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Why the Most Environmental Building is the Building We've Already Built

A new report suggests that retrofitting is almost always more energy efficient

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In Chicago, A Store for Bike Snobs (and Coffee Lovers)

A new shop will sell hand-made, locally built bicycles to riders who want to stay a while

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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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Study of the Day: HUD's Housing Legacy

Does moving residents from high-poverty neighborhoods to low-poverty ones work?

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A Green Revolution in Chicago

The city has big plans for its lake front

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The Psychology of Ruin Porn

Why we can't take our eyes off images of old buildings and decrepit interiors

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The Problem with Naming Transit Stations

Commercialism is only one of many reasons for cities not to sell out their stops

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Fixing the Rust Belt by Shrinking It

New studies suggest that we can revitalize the Rust Belt by increasing core density

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The Awkward Art of Neighborhood Naming

Feeling connected to a neighborhood is a good thing. But what if where you live doesn't have a real name?

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Happy New Year! Now Give Up Your Cigarettes, Plastic Bags and Shark Fins

A round-up of new municipal laws from around the country

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Why Size Matters in Pro Sports Victories

When it comes to winning championships, big cities have some natural assets. But smaller areas can leverage their own advantages too

The Best Of 'Best Ofs' of 2011

A round-up of the strangest city highlights from alternative weeklies around the country

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Why They Call Green Bay 'Titletown'

Why cities like Green Bay win an outsize number of championships

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New City Slogans of 2011

The best - and strangest - in urban catch phrases

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When Police Abuse Surveillance Cameras

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

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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