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15 Ideas for Making Amtrak's Northeast Corridor Better

The federal government has prepared a short list that includes 220 mph trains.

Why Are There Still So Many Train Stations Named Penn Station?

The Pennsylvania Railroad isn't coming through that tunnel — so how come we keep going through its doors?

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The Strange Decline of the Philly Accent

Linguists are still trying to understand the surprising evolution of how Philadelphians speak.

MPI's Zara Matheson

Class-Divided Cities: Philadelphia Edition

The ninth in our series exploring the class divides across America's largest cities and metros.

Nate Hommel

Eyesore Solution of the Day: Vegetation Decorations for Construction Fences

Planters cover up offensive projects.

Providence

Providence Wins Mayors Challenge Prize for Early Childhood Project

The $9 million Bloomberg Philanthropies contest also awards innovations from Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia and Santa Monica.

Reuters

An Imprecise Geography of Obnoxious Snowstorm Nicknames

From Snowpocalypse to Snowquester.

ILSR

Why Are There No Big Cities with Municipal Broadband Networks?

Publicly owned Internet infrastructure is luring jobs to smaller towns. Should big cities follow their lead?

The 8 Most Intriguing Finalists From the Bloomberg Philanthropies' Mayors Challenge

Five winners will be announced this spring, but these ideas stand out above the rest.

Mark Headd

5 Ways of Visualizing Crime in Philly

This is what happens when a city releases its data.

Reuters

The Scary Truth About Climate Change: Best #Cityreads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

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Le Corbusier, the 'Patron Saint of Skate Boarders'?

Skaters fight for their rights in a Philadelphia park designed by modernists.

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What's Behind the Rise of Diabetes in Young Children in Philadelphia?

New research shows a startling prevalence of the disease among children younger than 5.

Y. Gao, J.S. Fu

How Bad Will Climate Change Get for the Eastern U.S.? Look at These Crazy Maps

Climate change-related heat waves and intense storms are projected to hit Eastern U.S. cities especially hard.

phila.gov

The Best Open Data Releases of 2012

Our annual look at the extensive information now available from city governments, and the tools people are building with it.

MPI's Zara Matheson

The Leading U.S. Cities for LGBT Equality

They are mostly found on the coasts, according to a new study.

Who Destroyed This Iconic African-American Mural in Philadelphia?

The mural celebrating printmaker Dox Thrash is now a big, ugly square of paint.

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Car Elevators: Not Just for Rich People

Automated parking garages are now popping up on both coasts. Could this save dense cities space?

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Why Are States Passing Up Billions in Federal Transit Funds?

The GAO reports that only a tenth of $53 billion in flexible transportation funding went to transit in the past five years.