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Philadelphia Adds Soundtracks to its Public Sculptures

Four musicians, four pieces of city art, four ultra-weird musical compositions.

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The Grim Consequences of Closing Urban Hospitals

New research from Philadelphia finds that the city's newborn mortality rate spiked after a spate of hospital closures.

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Smartphones As Bicycle Lights: Still Not Catching On

The latest entrant claims to be more convenient than a standard bike-safety light, but we've got a few concerns.

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The Most Elegant Transit Maps Ever

The Brooklyn couple behind Lineposters discuss their creative process and inspiration.

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Turns Out Where You Live Really Does Shape Who You Are

Those stereotypes you hear about people in Boston and San Francisco – there's actually something to them.

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Where High-Growth Company Founders Start Out and Where They End Up

The flow of entrepreneurial talent and which metros are "producing," "exporting," "importing," and "consuming" it.

The Tragic Geography of Disconnected Youth

One in seven young Americans are neither working nor going to school.

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How Amtrak Might Redefine Downtown Philadelphia

A proposal to make Market East Station the city's new Northeast Corridor rail hub could change everything for that district.

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The Case for Eliminating Disabled Parking Placards

They invite fraud, drain city revenue, and often fail to help those who need it most — new research proposes an alternative.

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Why You Shouldn't Let Your Dog Pee on Trees

An investigation of how canine urine contributes to urban plant death.

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America's Leading College Towns

Mapping the metros with the largest share and largest number of college students.

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Convention Towns, Zoning Overhauls, and Physics Experiments: The Best #CityReads of the Week

Our weekly look back at the stories you may have missed.

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How a Political Convention Helped Save America's First Modernist Skyscraper

In 2000, the RNC unwittingly became a preservationist force in Philadelphia.

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Where Your Sofa Is High-Demand Real Estate

New York City and San Francisco are the most "requested" destinations on CouchSurfing.org.

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Why Restaurant Week Won't Die, Despite the Haters

Every year, critics complain about amateur eaters and disappointing food. So why do so many cities keep the tradition going?

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The Case for Weird Buildings, Indianapolis Skepticism, and a Renter's Respite: The Best #CityReads of the Week

Our weekly look back at the stories you may have missed.

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The Startling Urban Dynamic in Pennsylvania's Voter ID Law

Philadelphia voters are in uncharted territory as the state fights over restrictive new ID legislation.

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In Philadelphia, a Porch for an Entire City

A block-long plaza replaces an unnecessary parking lane with tables, shade, and perhaps a farmers’ market or beer garden.

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A Greener, Safer Empty Lot

How a little yardwork can reduce crime and improve a neighborhood's sense of safety.