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Why Do We Tax Car-Sharing Like It's Liquor or Cigarettes?

Taxes on quick car-share trips run as high as 60 percent.

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The Top U.S. Cities for New Home Construction

Where construction markets are picking up again.

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In Praise of Smelly Places

Your sense of smell is intimately connected to your experience of a place and your memory of it. So why don't cities take greater advantage of this?

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Which Cities Are the Musical Trend Setters?

A new study ranks Atlanta, not New York or L.A., as the most influential on our musical tastes. 

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Green Infrastructure Could Save Cities Billions

New estimates find that moving toward sustainability can greatly reduce energy and water treatment costs.

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These Cities Really Hate Junk Mail

Which American communities have made the strongest attempts to suppress postal advertising?

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Why Is a Patent Troll in Luxembourg Suing U.S. Public Transit Agencies?

ArrivalStar claims it invented live transit alerts. Your apps, taxpayer dollars, and the open data movement are all at stake.

Should Seattle Really Be Growing Goji Berries and Jujubes?

The city embarks on an ambitious plan for an urban forest, with free food for all.

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Where You Live Could Make Your Kids Fat

A new study suggests that zip codes are as important as genetic code in childhood obesity.

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Abolishing Parking Minimums Is Not Anti-Children

The Seattle Times editorial board worries a proposal to relax parking minimums will hurt families, but they're getting it backward.

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Is the Retro Ballpark Movement Officially Over?

20 years since Camden Yards opened in Baltimore, a look back on the stadium design that's emerged since.

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Blue Trees Heading to Seattle

An Australian artist hopes to get people thinking about deforestation by using the "powerful stimulant" of the color blue.

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The Imaginary Monsters of U.S. Cities

Sure, the sticks have Sasquatch and the Jackalope. But what creepy cryptids lurk in thriving American cities?

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The Quest to Make Regulatory Reform Work in Seattle

The city's downtown redevelopment may be receiving plaudits, but there's still more work to be done.

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The Secret to Seattle's Booming Downtown

The recession didn't skip Seattle, but the city stuck by its downtown and reaped the rewards.

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The Streetcar As a City's Moving Symbol

A survey of light rail aesthetics from around the world.

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How Amazon Got the Urban Campus Right

The company's new Seattle facility is a paragon of walkable, high-density development.

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Behold, the Ultimate Municipal Truck... Of the Future!

What would happen if you took every neat idea in the realm of public works and piled them all onto one city vehicle?

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Can Urban Highways Be Fixed?

They don't cut down on traffic or make travel faster, and they should be replaced.