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The Best Of 'Best Ofs' of 2011

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

Reuters

Why They Call Green Bay 'Titletown'

Why cities like Green Bay win an outsize number of championships

Flickr/woosh2007

New City Slogans of 2011

The best - and strangest - in urban catch phrases

Reuters

2011's Biggest Transportation Failures

The end of the Tampa-Orlando high-speed rail line, the death of a pedestrian near Atlanta and other low points from the year in city travel

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The Best Metro Data Releases of 2011

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

Courtesy Olson Kundig

A Record Store Where Nothing Is For Sale

A new installation in Seattle encourages users to rethink how they consume music

Dawn_Perry/Flickr

How We're Failing Our Parks

America has more city parks, but less money to pay for them

Martin Prosperity Institute

The Geography of American Brands

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

IFC/Danielle Mathias

Why I Love My City: Carrie Brownstein on Portland

Musician, writer, and co-creator of Portlandia Carrie Brownstein talks about what makes her city special

Courtesy: Vulcan Real Estate

Telling Builders to Build Greener Without Saying How

Seattle tests a code that would allow architects to decide how to best reduce energy waste

SandVault Group

Bike Helmet Sharing Without the Cooties

How bike share programs can provide clean helmets for everyone 

Andrea Bowers & Olga Koumoundouros

The Most Artistic Cities in America

Some smaller neighborhoods maintain surprisingly vibrant artistic communities

A Visual History of Civic Seattle

Telling the story of a city through its digitized ephemera

Martin Prosperity Institute

Where the Twitterati Live

Why the world's most popular tweeters are clustered in a handful of American cities—and Brazil

Andre Langenus

Crazy for Containers

Shipping container designs have become so ubiquitous they've merited their own exhibition

Flickr user: stannate

America's Best New Parks

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

Flickr/WSDOT

The Death Row of Urban Highways

10 roads whose days cutting through cities are nearly numbered

Flickr/Christiano Betta

To Win Riders, Mass Transit Should Get Wired

According to a new study, free Wi-Fi makes travelers more likely to opt not to drive

Flickr user Bikoy, licensed under Creative Commons

Why Walkable Cities Aren't Always the Ones You'd Think

Factors like bad weather and long commutes don't make a place less walkable