Detroit

A Bold Metallic Facelift for a Building in Detroit

University of Michigan students make use of the city’s abundant architectural skeletons, rather than overlooking them.

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Why College Towns Are Happy Towns

According to new data from Gallup, university towns are the happiest metro areas in the country.

You Are Where You Wear

The often subtle (and occasionally lucrative) art of expressing city pride, via t-shirt.

Postcard From Detroit

The abandoned book depository.

Gregory Halpern

Faces of the Rust Belt

Photographer Gregory Halpern captures scenes of despair and surprising strength in his new book, A.

In Defense of Loitering

Cities have tried to ban people from hanging around. This is a big mistake.

Reuters

Where the Jobs Will Be in 2020

A critical look at the Bureau of Labor Statistics' employment projections for the rest of the decade.

Courtesy: Strip Appeal

Strip Malls Like You've Never Seen Before

The American landscape is littered with the decaying corpses of strip malls. Here are a few innovative ways we can turn them to our advantage.

A View of Detroit As Captured Beneath a Photographer's Dangling Feet

Dennis Maitland shoots the city from its highest perches, all while conquering his fear of heights

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Percent of the Day: 51

Half of Detroit's children live in poverty, more than double the state average

Mark Byrnes

Bridges and Roads to a Better Michigan

Michigan's governor believes better infrastructure will make the state a bigger global economic hub

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Fixing the Rust Belt by Shrinking It

New studies suggest that we can revitalize the Rust Belt by increasing core density

Reuters

2011's Biggest Transportation Failures

The end of the Tampa-Orlando high-speed rail line, the death of a pedestrian near Atlanta and other low points from the year in city travel

Flickr/Kenn Chaplin

The Case for Congestion

Traffic provides cities money and robust street life - why should we do away with it?

Reuters

Feds Sue Over Tough Chicago Vacant Buildings Law

Who should be responsible for abandoned homes? Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac say "not us"

Woodhead Architects

9 Non-Ugly Bus Terminals

These stations make bus travel bearable

Free Federal Money May Doom a Transit Center in Troy

The city's Tea Party mayor opposes the $8.5 million proposal because it will be completely paid for by Washington

Reuters

The Problem With City Crime Rankings

Lists of the most dangerous cities don't actually tell us anything about those cities

Jacksonville Transportation Authority

Whatever Happened to the Downtown People Mover?

A brief history of the trendy transport mode that never quite was