Seattle

How We Plowed Before Snow Plows Were Invented

A short history of snow removal in America's cities.

City of Portland

Why Portland's Public Toilets Succeeded Where Others Failed

The Portland Loo's defense-first design has freed it from becoming a beaten-down haven for illegal activity

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Zen and the Art of Snow Plow Maintenance

When it comes to allocating resources to remove snow, cities can often only guess and hope for the best

Mark Byrnes

Bringing Ohio's Rust Belt Industries Into the 21st Century

A regional organization helps old commodities industries find new niches for their products

Mark Byrnes

Targeting an Achievement Gap in One of the Country's Most Educated Metros

King County, Wash., takes aim at cultivating local talent for its growing economy

Reuters

How an Ink Cartridge Trashed in Seattle Ended Up in Mexico

A group of MIT scientists chronicles the long, sad journey of our waste

Reuters

The Tricky Second Wave of Urban Highway Removals

For a lot of cities, demolishing the most obvious candidates was the easy part

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

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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