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Can D.C. Lead the Way to a 21st Century Waterfront?

In Washington, designers are planning a revamp that returns the city to the water's edge.

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America's Leading College Towns

Mapping the metros with the largest share and largest number of college students.

MTA

Are Our Transit Maps Tricking Us?

Subway maps distort the reality on the ground for all kinds of reasons. What happens when we make decisions based on them?

Reuters

Is a VMT Tax a Good Idea?

San Francisco is the latest city to consider a vehicle-miles traveled fee system.

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America's Leading High-Tech, Venture Capital Centers

New data tracks the geography of technology investment.

Google

How Well Will 'Google Now' Get You Around? So Far, Not Very

Here's hoping we can avoid a future in which you need to consult three apps to get out the door.

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Where Your Sofa Is High-Demand Real Estate

New York City and San Francisco are the most "requested" destinations on CouchSurfing.org.

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Cracking Down on Yoga in the Park

Lawmakers in D.C. want a cut from instructors hosting fitness classes in public parks.

Flavio Trevisan

Of Discrimination, Housing and Board Games

"You are picked up for ‘loitering’ and taken directly to the police station for interrogation. Go back three spaces."

EPA

A Brief History of Air-Conditioning on the New York Subway

The city has tried to provide a cool summer ride since 1905, with varying degrees of success.

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Buttermilk Vans, Icemen, and Lots of Hats: Washington Circa 1936

An old WPA video shows the capital bustling through the Great Depression.

Uber

Using Uber Ridership Data to Compare Cities and Neighborhoods

San Francisco's Financial District is more Manhattan-like than it is San Francisco-like, and other observations.

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What Makes a Public Space Good for Democracy?

The best world capitals to raise a democratic ruckus. 

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The Case for Weird Buildings, Indianapolis Skepticism, and a Renter's Respite: The Best #CityReads of the Week

Our weekly look back at the stories you may have missed.

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Facts and Fictions of D.C.'s Gentrification

Urban comebacks like the District of Columbia's can come at a price. This past week showed how sore a subject this still is.

Reuters

The Startling Urban Dynamic in Pennsylvania's Voter ID Law

Philadelphia voters are in uncharted territory as the state fights over restrictive new ID legislation.

Reuters

Trees vs. Power Lines: Will We Have to Choose?

The debate over how to secure our nation's power grids comes courtesy of yet another climate change-related feedback loop.

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The Case for More Urban Trees

In many areas, trees are under siege. But our cities need them, for all sorts of reasons.

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Translating D.C.'s Architectural Future Into Mini Golf

A course in the National Building Museum echoes architects' visions for our nation's capital.