Philadelphia

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.

Melody Kramer/Flickr

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.

Shutterstock

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.

Zara Matheson/MPI

To Get America Growing Again, We Have to Look to Our Most Productive Metro Areas

The United States is not just as a single national economy but a collection of city and metro economies, and they're growing at starkly different rates.

Philly Painting

Can a Paint Job Change a Neighborhood's Future?

Philly Painting mobilizes the community to bring a new look to a blighted neighborhood.

Courtesy of the Brookings Institution

The Global Gateways That Connect America to the World

Just five metro areas move nearly 40 percent of all U.S. international passengers.

Boss Tweed/Flickr

The Skyrocketing Costs of Running for Mayor of a Major U.S. City

While the 2012 presidential election will likely be the most expensive in history, a similar money-race is happening on the local level.