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Finally, Clothing Designed to Stop the Spread of Germs on Public Transit

Antimicrobial elbow patches, jackets with high collars, pole gloves — it's all here.

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Taxi Drivers Miffed Over Uber and Lyft Just Sued the City of Chicago

They say they're trying to protect riders.

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These Scratch-Off Ads Give Commuters Something to Do at the Bus Stop

They reveal art underneath. 

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Chicago's Trendiest New Lunch Option Comes Out of a Vending Machine

Farmer's Fridge sells fresh, swanky salads out of recyclable jars.

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Why Detroit's Collapse Was So Much Worse Than Other Hard-Hit Cities

Comparing the Motor City's manufacturing woes to the rest of the region.

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Why Chicago Wants to Turn a Struggling Neighborhood Into a National Park

Officials want to turn Pullman, America's first company town, into a historic hotspot for tourists. Will they come?

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What Happens When a Suburb Can't Afford Its Roads

The village of Long Grove considers privatizing its public streets.

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Extending the School Day Is a Lot Harder Than It Seems

Chicago's new plan to keep kids in school longer has been challenged by budget cuts and safety concerns.

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Bixi Files for Bankruptcy, But Bike-Share Goes On

The company's bike-sharing systems are in place in cities all over the world. So what happens next?

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Why Chicago Is Rolling Back Free Parking for the Disabled

The city begins enforcing a new Illinois law today.

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A Century Later, the Expensive Lesson of Reversing the Chicago River

Running the numbers on a proposal to separate the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River.

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The Arctic 'Steam Fog' Over the Great Lakes, Seen From Space

An escaped chunk of the Polar Vortex caused this weird-looking mass emanation of vapors.

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The Polar Vortex's Latest Victims: Amtrak Passengers

The train ride from hell.

Chicago's Gun Control Law Is Ruled Unconstitutional

A federal judge ruled it illegal to have a blanket prohibition on gun stores operating in the city.

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Should Cities Ditch Their Mayoral Mansions?

This outdated tradition may cause new mayors more headaches than its worth.

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Should Distracted Cycling Be Banned?

As bicycling gains in popularity, more cities will have to confront the question.

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Facebook Is Using Your Profile to Track Global Urban Migration Trends

Which cities attract the most people, and what kinds of communities are losing them.

Boston's Outgoing Mayor Spent 20 Years Putting His Name on Everything

Thomas M. Menino leaves his successor with a particular problem.

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We Don't Know Nearly As Much About the Link Between Public Health and Urban Planning As We Think We Do

Car culture may not be making us sick. Cities aren't necessarily healthier than suburbs.