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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

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The Folly of Corporate Relocation Incentives

When cities compete to lure big companies, no one wins

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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