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Can Mayors Really Save the World?

Untangling the theory that local ideas can fix global problems.

AP

Why Don't We All Just Agree to Stop Crowning a 'Murder Capital'

What could be more useless than raw homicide numbers from over a year ago?

AP

13 People, Including a 3-Year-Old, Shot in a Chicago Park

All are expected to survive; police say the attack was gang-related.

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Book Lovers Will Adore These Neat New Maps

Two ways to chart the connection between reading and place.

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The Problem With Living Wage Bills Aimed at Walmart

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray just vetoed a measure that would have effectively established two very different minimum wages in the city.

Rescuing the Adorable Icons of Chicago's Public Housing Projects

These concrete animal statues were removed in the early 2000s, but a new project is hoping to bring them back.

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How to Prepare for Climate Change: Put Air Conditioning in Schools

Because an awful lot of them don't have it.

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Can Whole Foods Remake Itself in the Middle of a Food Desert?

The high-end grocer will move into one of Chicago's poorest neighborhoods.

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One Simple Tip That Could Save a Cyclist's Life

Checking for cyclists should be a routine and heavily emphasized part of driver education.

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The Amazon Model: The Rise of Urban Start-Ups in Smaller Tech Hubs

A look at the patterns of venture capital investment in Seattle, Austin, and Chicago.

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5 Apartment Horror Stories Worse Than Having a Kitchen Filled With Raw Sewage

Rotting deer, migrating roaches, and icy stalactites, oh my.

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Insidious Chicago Bike-Share Station Threatens Home and Hearth!

A new lawsuit from a very imaginative condo association.

Chicago Has Loads of Surreal, Never-Built Visionary Architecture

Behold the Sears Tower deconstructed into flaccid tubes, a Mies van der Rohe building sunk in Lake Michigan, and other incredible concepts.

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The Unsteady Rise of Minority Civil Servants

Where public payrolls still don't reflect the local population.

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These U.S. Cities Are the Safest Refuges From Natural Disasters

To get away from hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, and other calamities, relocate to lovely upstate New York or the fertile fields of Ohio.

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Chicago's Waterfront Identity Crisis

North Lake Shore Drive is both a beloved highway and a treasured park. As the city revamps it, can it continue to be both?

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The App That Turns Tourists Into Locals

Urban Buddy helps travelers draw wisdom from veteran city residents in real-time.

Ernest Burgess

The Most Famous Models for How Cities Grow Are Wrong

We need new ways to explain growing urban inequality.

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Where 60 Million People in the U.S. Don't Speak English at Home

The number is on the rise.