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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.

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Heartbreaking Photos of Lonely Rowhouses

In "Last House Standing," Ben Marcin shoots neighbor-less rowhouses surrounded by dreary, vacant lots.

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Chinatown Buses Beware: Feds Launch Surprise 'Strike Force' Inspections

A broad two-week crackdown on inter-city charters and vans.

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The Suburbs Are Dead, Long Live the Suburbs

Leigh Gallagher on her new book, The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream Is Moving.

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Urban Experiment of the Day: Can 1,000 Portraits Prove Everyone Is Photogenic?

A photographer from Philly wants to put your face on a billboard.

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The Unsteady Rise of Minority Civil Servants

Where public payrolls still don't reflect the local population.

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Philly's Schools Are So Broke They're Borrowing Cash to Start the School Year

Parents call it "the deliberate starvation of one of the nation’s biggest school districts."

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The Rust Belt Neighborhood in the Middle of Philadelphia

Meet the people transforming post-industrial Fishtown into a haven for artists and writers.

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Poverty Hurts Kids More Than Being Born to Moms on Cocaine

The conclusion to a long-running study of "crack babies" in Philadelphia.