Chicago

The Plant

Growing Industry From its Own Ashes

A new incubator for small business in a converted Chicago meatpacking plant

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Rahm Emanuel: The Anti-Daley

Chicago's hard-charging new mayor was seen as Daley's successor, but now he's dismantling the former mayor's legacy

Rebecca Cook / Reuters

A Regional Vision for the Great Lakes

A 100-year plan for the region focuses on harnessing abundant freshwater to fuel an economic rebirth

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Why Walkable Cities Aren't Always the Ones You'd Think

Factors like bad weather and long commutes don't make a place less walkable

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Suburban Food Banks Feel Strain of Recession

Infrastructure for poverty assistance in the suburbs can't keep up with increased demand

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Keeping Stadium Neighborhoods Alive in the Off-Season

Cleveland finds a way to embrace winter at Progressive Field

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The Best and Worst of Official City Flags

They're less visible, but most cities have flags just like countries or states. Some are great. Others, not so much.

REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

The Methodology of Bike-Share Station Placement in New York City

Taking lessons from its predecessors, America's largest city has crafted a three-pronged approach for bike-share deployment

REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Has the Renaissance of Downtowns Been Overhyped?

Detroit's central business district is making a comeback, but nationally, the trend is less clear

Craig Keller/Chicago's I-Go

Car-Sharing for Less

By operating as nonprofits, smaller shared vehicle services are expanding their reach

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Chicago Tops List of 'Mustache-Friendly' Cities

What makes a city friendly to mustaches? A new 'white paper' explores this pressing issue

REUTERS/John Gress

The Joy of Parking in Chicago

In a global survey of 20 cities, finding a spot ranks toughest in New Delhi, easiest in the Windy City

Reuters/Lucy Nicholson

Is Rush Hour Expanding?

More than 40 percent of congestion delays occur during off-peak hours

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Descendants of the High Line

Four urban elevated railroad parks in progress

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Are Violent 'Flash Mobs' Really a Trend?

After two summers in a row of disturbing group violence in cities like Chicago and Philadelphia, authorities look at the intersection of technology, poverty, and race

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Meet the Urban Chicken Consultant

A Chicago woman has carved a business out of teaching residents there how to raise their own backyard poultry

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The War on Red-Light Cameras

Houston and L.A. recently turned theirs off. Will others join them?

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Is Bicycle Commuting Really Catching On? And if So, Where?

A survey of 55 major U.S. cities shows big gains in many places, but plenty of regional variation

A worker at the General Motors Cruze assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio. (Reuters/Aaron Josefczyk)

Signs of Recovery in the Great Lakes

Manufacturing job growth rates in the region are looking up, but there's still a long way to go