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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.

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The Devastating Impact of Persistent Crime on Teens

In low-income urban neighborhoods, daily exposure to violence is a reality for many young people.

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A Brief History of Suburbia's Rise and Fall

A new paper tracks suburbia from its ideological roots in the Victorian era to its harsh detractors in the modern age.

Providence

Providence Wins Mayors Challenge Prize for Early Childhood Project

The $9 million Bloomberg Philanthropies contest also awards innovations from Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia and Santa Monica.

CityScan

Code Enforcement Goes High-Tech

CityScan uses street-mapping technology and public records to find hidden violations.

Reuters

An Imprecise Geography of Obnoxious Snowstorm Nicknames

From Snowpocalypse to Snowquester.

Just Think of All the Things You Could Do With an Affordable Infrared Scanner for Your Smartphone

The Mu Thermal Imager, which detects drafty doors and windows, aims to be an affordable device for improving your home's energy efficiency.

ILSR

Why Are There No Big Cities with Municipal Broadband Networks?

Publicly owned Internet infrastructure is luring jobs to smaller towns. Should big cities follow their lead?

Vivian Maier

Trailer of the Day: Finding the Mysterious Street Photographer Vivian Maier

The photographs are great; the story is even better.

Some Super Charming Illustrated Answers to Urban Mysteries

Why do pigeons bob their heads? Do squirrels know where they hide their nuts? And other questions answered in this new art-meets-science book.

City of Chicago

Creative Urban Budget Solution of the Day: Crowdfunding City Programs

Chicago is trying to raise $480,000 for a youth basketball league.

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A Peek at Rising Health Care Costs in 5 Major Cities

Premiums for the young and healthy are set to rise 169 percent, according to a new survey.

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How Flight Delays Spread From Airport to Airport Like a Disease

Air travel congestion can quickly spread from a few cities to a whole network.

Reuters

Can Chicago Become America's Next Great City for Artists?

It can't compete with New York's amenities and galleries. But it's trying to offer something else altogether - a true middle class art market.

Click that 'hood

This Name That Neighborhood Game Will Distract You All Afternoon

So you think you know your city?

Chicago's Secrets, Revealed Through User-Friendly Apps

The Open City group turns government data into apps on crime, snow plows, even lobbying efforts.

Derek Eder & Juan-Pablo Velez

SimCity Reference of the Day: Chicago Zoning Map

Complete with in-game music.

Joe Flood

How to Build a Better Bike Lane (and Get More People Out on Bikes)

More and more city planners are seeing bike lanes as "a rational part of the mobility picture."

EveryBlock

The Sad, Sudden End of EveryBlock

The pioneer of hyperlocal news and open data surprisingly closed this morning.