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Why Is a Patent Troll in Luxembourg Suing U.S. Public Transit Agencies?

ArrivalStar claims it invented live transit alerts. Your apps, taxpayer dollars, and the open data movement are all at stake.

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A Budget By (and For) the People

More and more cities are experimenting with participatory budgeting. But who really gets to decide how the money is spent?

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The Fascinating Story of How Those Tropical Insects Made It Into Your Starbucks Coffee

Starbucks has said it's stopping the use of bug-based red dye. Why? Making the stuff looks like so much fun!

A 'Photographic Census' Captures New York's Characters

Tips on street portraits from New York's resident photographer.

Brooklyn Castle

The Dark Cloud Hanging Over the Feel-Good Inner City Education Story of the Week

You'd think the national champion chess team at Intermediate School 318 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, wouldn't have to worry about their program's continued funding. But you'd be wrong.

Elena Olivo

Why the Federal Government Should Give More Power to Mayors

America's metro areas generate 80 percent of the country's GDP. But so far, that economic reality has not generated a proportional amount of political clout.

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Occupy Wall Street Gears Up for Round Two

Banned from a park, New York Occupiers take to camping on the sidewalks.

Sarah Goodyear

Supporting Local Business with the Muscle of a 'Cash Mob'

At events all over the country, neighbors who want their money to stay local are swarming mom-and-pop shops.

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Greening an Entire Block Instead of Just One Building

Most smaller commercial buildings can't afford energy retrofits on their own. But what if they banded together?

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In New York, a 50-Foot-Tall Sign Made From Other, Salvaged Signs

Artist Tom Fruin, who works with materials like crushed beer cans and drug bags, created this recycled wonder for a new hotel in Williamsburg.

Sarah Goodyear

10 Places to Find Peace and Quiet in Manhattan

True silence may be impossible to find in New York City, but these spots are as close as you can get.

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Where the Global 1% Live Now

The most important cities for the ultra-rich, and what it might cost those places.

Map of the Day: The Digital Neighborhood

What Foursquare can teach us about how people use a city.

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Unusual Urban Pastime of the Day: Subway Speed Riding

An international duo tries to ride the New York subway from end to end faster than anyone else.

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Maybe What Your City Needs Is a Ridiculous Fuzzy-Suited Mascot

In the municipal mascot department, it seems that North America can't compete with Asia.

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Does City Life Have to Mean Life Without Stars?

A new film explores what we lose when light pollution cancels out the night sky.

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Probably Offensive Street Art of the Day: Fatties, Step to the Right

A direct, if rude, way to attack America's obesity epidemic.

Sarah Goodyear

What Salamanders Can Teach Us About Urban Evolution

We have built a city up around them, but amphibians and mammals alike have persisted by genetically diversifying.

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Subway Platforms From Around the World

As iconic as anything above ground, these subway platforms leave riders with an added sense of the city they serve.