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The U.S. Airports Most Likely To Influence the Spread of Global Disease

The worst culprits aren't necessarily the ones you'd expect.

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Why Soup Kitchens Serve So Much Venison

The unlikely but unmistakably American intersection of bow hunting, pest control and hunger relief.

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The Hidden Factor in Bike Commuting: Showers

People are much more likely to ride to work if they have a place to clean up once they get there.

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The Least Popular Ideas in Sustainability

Use dog poop for fuel! Have a sustainable rap contest!

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How the Threat of Losing Beer Unites a Community

With 13,000 gallons of beer about to get skunked in a power outage, a Northern Virginia brewery found that it had many, many friends.

How Your City May Have Affected Your Raise

Wage growth varies considerably by metropolitan area, according to numbers from the most recent quarter.

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Race, Class, and the Stigma of Riding the Bus in America

Can a city successfully gentrify its bus system? Does it want to?

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Soliciting the Solicitors

Cities are inundated by charity canvassers right about now. So we thought we'd stop and ask them a few questions.

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Why U.S. Transit Systems Are Still So Far Away From Converting to Driverless Trains

Public sector transit unions are a potent force in setting transit agendas in American cities – more so than in Europe and Asia.

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The 8 Worst Things About Summer in American Cities

Commence fainting... now.

A Power Outage, As Seen From Space

Last week's massive storm left a million people without power around Washington. Here's what it looked like at the height of darkness.

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The End of Taxis

Traditional taxicab drivers are in trouble and they don't even know it yet. 

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9 Utterly Bizarre Museums

Voodoo, skulls, tattooed skin and more oddities from cities around the world.

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Repetitive Debate of the Day: Why Hasn't Washington, D.C. Buried its Power Lines?

After yet another days-long mass power outage, it's naturally time to have the same argument all over again.

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Debating the Local Food Movement

A new book argues that locavores are terrible for the environment, the economy and global food security.

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What Really Happens After You Flush the Toilet

Your waste goes on a magical journey from becoming "mixed liquor" to "sludge cakes," as this photographic tour of Arlington County, Virginia's newly renovated wastewater plant reveals.

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How East Coasters Kept Cool This Weekend

Turning urban infrastructure into de facto cooling equipment.

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Storms Sweep East Coast Cities

Scenes of damage, after the derecho.

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Is Your City Making You Single?

Why where we live determines how we date.