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When Traffic Congestion Is Both a Great Thing and a Terrible Thing

New research finds that businesses loathe bad traffic at the regional level, but benefit from it locally.

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Cities, Mapped by Their Snow Routes

Street grids of necessity.

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Think Twice Before Asking Police to Deal With the Mentally Ill

"What cops do is arrest people. If you don’t want to be arrested, you probably shouldn’t call the police."

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The Quaint Plans for American Cities, as We Envisioned Them 200 Years Ago

New York in 1776, Charleston in 1780, Baltimore in 1801.

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Can a City Really 'End' Homelessness?

Phoenix says it has among veterans. Next it's aiming for the broader homeless population.

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The Forgotten History of How Cities Almost Killed the Common Squirrel

At last, historians have charted the great "squirrel experiments" of the 1800s, which saved the humble creature from urban extinction.

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America's Wealth Is Staggeringly Concentrated in the Northeast Corridor

Median incomes have been growing the fastest, however, in a very different part of the country.

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Why U.S. Cities Have Been Making it Harder to Feed the Homeless

Los Angeles is the latest city to consider a ban on providing meals to the homeless in public.

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3 U.S. Metro Areas Have Economies Larger Than Sweden

And other eye-popping comparisons.

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How States Rejecting the Medicaid Expansion Sabotaged Their Biggest Cities

Major urban areas are magnets for the uninsured, and the state politicians who turned down the Medicaid expansion are not the ones who will pay to treat them.

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Someone in Philly Is Using Instagram to Intimidate Witnesses

The "stop snitching" movement meets social media. 

Philadelphia Has the Slowest 4G Mobile Broadband in America

Blame Sprint.

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Cities Are Trying to Fix Their Schools by Luring the Middle Class: It Won't Work

These initatives cannot substitute for reforms that address the root causes of concentrated poverty, budget shortfalls, and failing schools.

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Chinatowns Are Gentrifying at an Alarming Rate

According to a new study, the Asian population is falling rapidly; and real estate prices are sky-rocketing.

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The Problem With Defining 'Downtown'

And counting all of the people (and jobs) who have supposedly moved there.

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A Trip Inside Philadelphia's Abandoned Subway Station

Closed for over 20 years, SEPTA's old Spring Garden station has become a "mecca" for local graffiti artists and urban explorers.

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Anatomy of a Public Space

Studying the role of shadow, sound, seating and more on Philadelphia's The Porch.

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Why Is There So Little Innovation in Water Infrastructure?

For one thing, consumers have no tolerance for risk. 

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How Biofuel Technology Turned Restaurant Grease Into Gold

As its value has risen, a growing class of criminals are focusing on stealing and selling used cooking oil.