Chicago

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

Reuters

Forcing Banks to Secure Foreclosed Homes

A proposed Chicago ordinance would require security guards to be posted outside vacant homes near schools

Courtesy the American Society of Landscape Architects

Are Americans Afraid of Innovative Urban Design?

Four landscape architects challenge U.S. cities to stop copying the High Line and start looking for place-based opportunities

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New Life for Chicago's Least Popular Waterway

Architect Jeanne Gang wants to remake Bubbly Creek into a destination

Where the 1% Live

The richest Americans are gathered in a handful of metropolitan areas

Flickr/Danielle Scott

What Are The Best Ways to Combat Homelessness?

The best responses from this week's The Big Fix

Flickr/Ed Yourdon

Why Chicago Couldn't End Homelessness

In 2003, Richard Daley promised to house every resident by 2012. Nine years later, the city's nowhere near meeting that goal

Flickr/EdenPictures

2011's Best Cities for Trick-or-Treating

Who comes out on top in our updated ranking for candy seekers?