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A Funeral Car Named 'Descanso,' or, When Death Rode the Rails in America

In the first decades of the 20th century, if you died in a city, you may have traveled toward your final resting place via public transit.

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What a 'Modernized' Wrigley Field Might Look Like

We're starting to get a better idea of how the home of the Chicago Cubs could change in the near future.

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There's a Good Reason We're Anxious About Expanding Subway Cell Service

People have an especially hard time ignoring half a conversation because we can't predict what's coming next.

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What an Urban Planner Should Look Like in the Internet Age

As digital and physical worlds move ever closer together, cities need architects expert in both buildings and information.

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Why Big Cities Make Media Liberal

And why the Koch Brothers can't do anything about it, even if they buy up the Tribune papers.

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Everything You Need to Know About Why Chicago Is Furious With Rachel Shteir and The New York Times

An old-fashioned battle over civic character.

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Do Long Commutes Discourage Married Women From Working?

A new study finds that they do — to a very considerable extent.

Photo or Painting? With These Cityscapes, It's Almost Impossible to Tell

British painter Nathan Walsh brings a photo-realism style to urban landscapes.

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The Chicago River Is Now Running in the Opposite Direction

The river will flow temporarily into Lake Michigan, where it'll dump millions of gallons of raw sewage.

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3 Reasons to Keep Amtrak's Long-Distance Trains Running

Even though they lose about a half a billion dollars a year.

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Retail Redlining: One of the Most Pervasive Forms of Racism Left in America?

Why do retailers, restaurants and grocery stores stay out of communities that can afford (and want) them?

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Major U.S. Cities Remain on High Alert Following Boston Marathon Attacks

New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. have stepped up police presence on transit, at tourist attractions, and near hotels.

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What Happens to the Olympics Plans of Cities That Don't Win Them?

More importantly: Does a city get anything out of the exercise?

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The Problem With Calling Cities 'Post-Industrial'

It's time to come up with a new way of thinking and talking about places like Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland.

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New Chicago Plan: Pedestrians Come First

The city's new Complete Streets Design Guidelines creates a paradigm shift in how road crews and transportation workers should look at shared streets.

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Could Kickstarter Work as a Tool for Neighborhood Economic Development?

The city of Chicago tries to leverage the platform better known for funding design projects and cutting-edge products.

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The Pacific Trash Vortex Has a Counterpart in the Great Lakes

Scientists monitoring Lake Erie have found tons of harmful plastic debris known as microplastics or "nurdles."

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After the School Closings, the Real Estate Mess

As school districts downsize, they leave behind shuttered buildings. Finding new uses for them can be difficult, to say the least.

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America's Most Post-Industrial Metros

The cities that lead America's transition from a goods-producing to service economy.