Research on the topic doesn't offer any clean answers — and two new reports just add to the confusion.
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Central Connecticut State University's annual study found no correlation between the wealth of a city and its literacy rate.
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The places with the highest percent of givers
America has more city parks, but less money to pay for them
Some U.S. cities have more top global brands than many large countries
The best responses from this week's The Big Fix
A growing number of cities are letting buses cruise highway shoulders to improve service
Minneapolis confronts bad traffic with cost-effective technology and a transit-first philosophy
Who comes out on top in our updated ranking for candy seekers?
A Minnesota town hires a private security firm to handle its police work
Factors like bad weather and long commutes don't make a place less walkable
Houston and L.A. recently turned theirs off. Will others join them?
A survey of 55 major U.S. cities shows big gains in many places, but plenty of regional variation
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Redeveloping old industrial sites in cities not only reduces contamination, it also helps further smart growth