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MPI's Zara Matheson

America's Most Post-Industrial Metros

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.