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The Strange Case of Squatters' Sovereignty

A new twist on property rights, in a suburb outside of Washington, D.C.

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Bankrupt Vs. Broke: What's the Difference: Best #CityReads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

Making Peace With the Decline of Alt-Weeklies

The death of the Boston Phoenix may signal the approaching end of these storied city institutions. But there's also a lot more news outlets to choose from today.

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Is There a Link Between Walkability and Local School Performance?

Some early attempts to map the question in D.C. suggest that there might be. But what does the correlation tell us?

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The Devastating Impact of Persistent Crime on Teens

In low-income urban neighborhoods, daily exposure to violence is a reality for many young people.

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If Your City Were Wrecked by Totalitarian Urban Planners

Spend a moment sitting in the shoes of Bucharest.

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Why We Crave 'Authentic' Cities: Best #Cityreads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

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Code Enforcement Goes High-Tech

CityScan uses street-mapping technology and public records to find hidden violations.

Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks

Mapping the Relationship Between Income and Rent

"Rich blocks, poor blocks."

The Story of Snowquester, as Told By Twitter

The storm that kind of wasn't.

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An Imprecise Geography of Obnoxious Snowstorm Nicknames

From Snowpocalypse to Snowquester.

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How D.C.'s Public Schools Are Wooing New Families

Enrollment is way up, thanks in a large part to charters. But can the city build on the success?

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Why Are There No Big Cities with Municipal Broadband Networks?

Publicly owned Internet infrastructure is luring jobs to smaller towns. Should big cities follow their lead?

Stupid New Trend of the Day: 'Gallon Smashing'

Go into a grocery store. Pretend to fall down while carrying two gallons of milk. Post on the Internet.

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What's at Stake in the Voting Rights Act Case

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments challenging the Voting Rights Act of 1968, civil rights advocates are rising to support the anti-discriminatory law. But why?

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Early Fruits of International Open Data Day 2013

Projects from Vancouver to Washington to Kathmandu.

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Washington, D.C. Unveils an Ambitious New Sustainability Plan

Proposals seek to halve the city's greenhouse gas emissions, boost walkability, and cut the obesity rate.

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The Problem With Police Line-Ups

False eyewitness identifications are the leading factor in wrongful convictions. Washington, D.C., wonders if it can fix that.

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The End of the Neighborhood School

A spate of closings is leaving children without local education options.