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Martin Prosperity Institute

The Geography of American Brands

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

Flickr/zestbienbeautouza

The World's 10 Best Transit Poems

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

Flckr/Michael_lehet

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

ITO

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

Reuters

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?

Courtesy Whitehouse.gov

For Once, the Federal Government Gets Sustainability Right

A new line of HUD grants will help communities improve their planning, mass transit and walkability

Reuters

White Roofs Cool Cities More Than Trees

Reflective roofing programs may also be a vast deal more effective than green ones

Fresh Moves

Grocery Stores on Wheels

Mobile fresh food trucks are popping up in under-served neighborhoods all over the country

Vanguard Defense Industries

Drones on the Force

Unmanned aerial vehicles are becoming a hot new tool for police departments

Reuters

Chicago Will Let Buses Ride the Shoulder to Beat the Rush

A growing number of cities are letting buses cruise highway shoulders to improve service

Courtesy Interboro

Is Blotting the Best Solution for Shrinking Cities?

In places like Cleveland, Detroit, and Chicago, homeowners are being encouraged to expand the footprint of their properties

Martin Prosperity Institute

Where the Twitterati Live

Why the world's most popular tweeters are clustered in a handful of American cities—and Brazil

Reuters

Why $1 Billion Doesn't Buy Much Transit Infrastructure Anymore

Blame pricier consultant fees, high labor costs and age

Everyblock/Willjam

Big Neighborhood Drama Over Big Blue Sculpture

Chicagoans question legality of a front-yard sculpture's size, reach, and look

Flickr user: stannate

America's Best New Parks

By mixing fresh design with a variety of uses, these spaces represent the future of city parks

Where the Poorest Americans Live

After dropping for nearly a decade, the number of Americans living in extreme poverty is on the rise