New York

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How Good Is D.C. to Artists, Musicians, and Writers?

The city holds several advantages for creative types, despite its high cost of living

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The Awkward Art of Neighborhood Naming

Feeling connected to a neighborhood is a good thing. But what if where you live doesn't have a real name?

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Designer Shelters for Cities' Stray Cats

New York creates a new kind of shelter to help the city track its feral cat population

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Why Size Matters in Pro Sports Victories

When it comes to winning championships, big cities have some natural assets. But smaller areas can leverage their own advantages too

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How Should Metros Respond to Emergencies?

NYC subway riders trapped on A train last winter sue the city for a "policy that will benefit the public now and for years to come"

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Building a 'Gay' Building

New York City's first gay urban resort will open next year. Is this the start of a new brand of architecture?

The Best Of 'Best Ofs' of 2011

A round-up of the strangest city highlights from alternative weeklies around the country

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Why They Call Green Bay 'Titletown'

Why cities like Green Bay win an outsize number of championships

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The City IKEA Built

The home retail giant is building a walkable, mostly car-free neighborhood in East London

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A Library Without the Building

A handful of new programs offer books in public spaces to anyone who wants them

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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

The City and the Graphic Designer: An Interview With Olimpia Zagnoli

A unique approach to developing iconography for 150 different cities

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The Geography of the Year in Music

The cities with the most singles on Pitchfork's 2011 "Best of" list

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Bike-Sharing for the Unbanked

D.C. tries to find a way to include residents who don't have credit cards

Una Arquitetos

12 Eye-Catching Storefronts

A dozen facades that are sure to attract curious shoppers

Oh Choong Young

The Best City Time Lapse Videos of 2011

From New York to Los Angeles to Barcelona to Seoul and beyond

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Can Amtrak Afford Its New NYC Home?

As construction of Moynihan Station moves forward, the rail provider says it can't pay much rent

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The Best Metro Data Releases of 2011

There's never been a better time to be an urban researcher

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The World's Next 20 Tallest Skyscrapers

The average height of towers is climbing — but how high is too high?