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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.

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The Completely Puzzling Relationship Between City Population and Parks

Why do some cities – and neighborhoods – have so much more "urban nature" than others?

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Bizarre Preservation Fixation of the Day: Ronald Reagan's Childhood Home

Two years of Reagan's youth wasn't enough to save this apartment house.

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Gay Marriage and the Power of Cities to Change the Country

What was once popular opinion – and public policy – in San Francisco could soon be the national norm.

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12 Fresh Ideas for Transforming the Places We Live With Open Data

A few of the 886 proposals from the Knight Foundation's latest open government news challenge.

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Hispanic Segregation Is Declining in U.S. Metros

At least, that's the case for every national-original group but Mexicans.

Why We Just Might Want to Build Skyscrapers Out of Wood

Vancouver-based architect Michael Green is trying to convince the world to construct tall wood buildings.

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Daylight Saving and Crime: The Best #CityReads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

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Best U.S. Cities for St. Patrick's Day? Anywhere But Texas

The Northeast Corridor is, unsurprisingly, the promised land of Irish bars and restaurants.