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America's Best New Parks

By mixing fresh design with a variety of uses, these spaces represent the future of city parks

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When Taxi Vouchers Make More Sense Than Fixing Mass Transit

With money tight for traditional public transportation, cities consider alternatives

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In Arizona, Reducing Water and Energy Use Through Peer Pressure

Tucson residents have long seen their low-water landscaping choices as superior to their neighbors in Phoenix. Now researchers are trying to apply the same principle to all utility usage

Where Homeowners Are Underwater

Obama has a new plan to help owners refinance their mortgages, but some places will benefit more than others

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Is Bicycle Commuting Really Catching On? And if So, Where?

A survey of 55 major U.S. cities shows big gains in many places, but plenty of regional variation

State of Play: Playground Infrastructure in 20 Major U.S. Cities

Which major U.S. cities provide the best, and worst, mix of playgrounds for their youngest residents?