San Francisco

The City as Urban Whirlpool

A new Google map hack lets you create wild, trippy images of your favorite city streets 

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The Awkward Art of Neighborhood Naming

Feeling connected to a neighborhood is a good thing. But what if where you live doesn't have a real name?

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Happy New Year! Now Give Up Your Cigarettes, Plastic Bags and Shark Fins

A round-up of new municipal laws from around the country

The Best Of 'Best Ofs' of 2011

A round-up of the strangest city highlights from alternative weeklies around the country

Reuters

The Great California Sports Shuffle

Silicon Valley cities try to entice the A’s and 49ers to move into new digs

Bixi

Bike-Sharing for the Unbanked

D.C. tries to find a way to include residents who don't have credit cards

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The U.S. Cities With the Most Leftover to Spend ... After Paying for Housing

The differences across metro areas are considerable

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The Best Metro Data Releases of 2011

There's never been a better time to be an urban researcher

Reuters

The U.S. Metros That Can Most Afford to Buy Gifts This Year

Unsurprisingly, 15 of the top 20 most economically advantaged metros are located on the East and West Coasts

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11 New Buildings to Visit in 2012

You might have missed these new buildings, but they're definitely worth checking out in 2012

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How Public Transit Celebrates the Holidays

A roundup of the best train lights and subway car decorations

Reuters

The Folly of Corporate Relocation Incentives

When cities compete to lure big companies, no one wins

Flickr/Andrew Choi

Solving the Public Poop Problem

San Francisco considers a plan for cheap public toilets that compost

Reuters

Fighting Job Sprawl

Placing offices close to public transit is one of the best ways to get drivers off the road

Matthew Picton

Sculpting the History of a City

Artist’s paper sculptures recall the politics and events that shape cities

Chart of the Day: Which Cities Have the Least Affordable Housing?

Hint: It's not New York

Martin Prosperity Institute

The Geography of American Brands

Some U.S. cities have more top global brands than many large countries

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The World's 10 Best Transit Poems

A short list of our favorite verses from public transportation around the globe

Reuters

The Missing Link of Climate Change: Single-Family Suburban Homes

It doesn’t solve the problem to buy a hybrid and retrofit your house if all of that takes place 20 miles from your job