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How to Design a Happier City

Charles Montgomery's new book finds the intersection of urban policy and well-being.

Why Has No Sitting Mayor Ever Become President of the United States?

A few have tried, but none have succeeded.

Who Runs Your Twitter Feed?

When it comes to social media at the municipal level, not everyone is a Cory Booker.

Did That Fire Hydrant Just Check Me Out?

These trippy urban GIFs give new meaning to the phrase "living, breathing city."

What's the First Thing You Do When You Arrive at City Hall Each Day?

You asked. Mayors answered.

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This Might Be the Most 'Portland' Thing That's Ever Happened in Portland, Oregon

A resident says sous-chefs are foraging plants from his property. Sob story or masterful troll?

The U.S. Cities Where the Fewest Commuters Get to Work By Car

And where bike commuting has been growing the fastest.

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The Grim Math of the Working-Class Housing Crisis

What happens when skyrocketing rents meet stagnating wages among low-income workers? U.S. cities are finding out.

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When It Comes to Streetcars and Economic Development, There's So Much We Don't Know

Both BRT and streetcars are championed as tools for development. But only one has evidence to back that up.

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Portland Absurdity of the Day: Unicycler Plays Star Wars Theme On Flaming Bagpipes

Keep Portland weird, indeed.

Dan Corson

Seattle's New Streetlights Are 40-Foot-Tall Singing Flowers

The immense plants live under the Space Needle and blast anybody passing underneath with a harmony of voices.

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The Case for $100,000 Speeding Tickets

If you can afford a ritzy car, should you pay more for breaking the law?

This Stop-Motion Film Required 8 Months of Portland Street Art

Hundreds of wheat-pastes tell the weird tale of a man and his magical, pointy stick.

A Beautiful, Bewitching Map of Portland's Aging Buildings

Justin Palmer takes a digital chainsaw to Portland and shows the world its rings.

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Portland Confronts Years of Legal Limbo For a Downtown Homeless Camp

A judge is set to decide whether a tent city owes the municipal government thousands of dollars in fines.

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'Why Is Boston So Racist' and 50 Other City Stereotypes Revealed by Google Autocomplete

Austin is 'liberal,' Tampa is 'trashy,' and Buffalo is both 'cold' and 'depressing.'

Dan Corson

A Closer Look at Portland's Giant, Carnivorous Street Lights

Four monstrous pitcher plants light up a new pedestrian pathway downtown ... if anybody's brave enough to use it, that is.

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In the Climate Change Economy, It's About Efficiency, Not Just Growth

North American cities are producing substantially less wealth per ton of greenhouse gas emissions than their European counterparts.

You Know You Want to Play These Risk-Style Games of 'Urban Domination'

Havoc Boards apply the classic competition for world conquest to ten different cities.