Washington, DC

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Bike-Sharing for the Unbanked

D.C. tries to find a way to include residents who don't have credit cards

Oh Choong Young

The Best City Time Lapse Videos of 2011

From New York to Los Angeles to Barcelona to Seoul and beyond

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The U.S. Cities With the Most Leftover to Spend ... After Paying for Housing

The differences across metro areas are considerable

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The Best Metro Data Releases of 2011

There's never been a better time to be an urban researcher

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Have Yourself a Merry City Christmas

A collection of holiday photos to remind us why we need our public spaces 

SvR Design

Urbanizing the Suburban Street

A community tries some relatively pain-free fixes to make its streets greener and more walkable

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The U.S. Metros That Can Most Afford to Buy Gifts This Year

Unsurprisingly, 15 of the top 20 most economically advantaged metros are located on the East and West Coasts

Josh Dudley

The Burgeoning Field of Security Perimeter Design

As bollards and Jersey barriers become ubiquitous, architects and designers look for ways to make them less hideous

Reuters

List of the Day: America's Most Generous Cities

The places with the highest percent of givers

Map of the Day: The Uneven Spread of Urban Poverty

Economic segregation is still a big problem in cities like Washington, D.C.

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Why Land Use Planning Matters More Than Ever

On its 75th anniversary, the Urban Land Institute looks to the future

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How We're Failing Our Parks

America has more city parks, but less money to pay for them

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The Challenge of Managing Diversity

Lessons I learned from two communities on opposite sides of the world

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Imagining a City Without Its Public Transportation

The D.C. metro models how the region would change if there were no subways or buses

Martin Prosperity Institute

The Geography of American Brands

Some U.S. cities have more top global brands than many large countries

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The World's 10 Best Transit Poems

A short list of our favorite verses from public transportation around the globe

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The Building Code Violation Behind Occupy D.C.'s Sunday Standoff

Protesters were arrested after refusing to come down from the roof of a barnlike structure that had no foundation

University of Arkansas Libraries

The Washington That Never Was

A new exhibit explores the history of failed building proposals in the nation's capital

SandVault Group

Bike Helmet Sharing Without the Cooties

How bike share programs can provide clean helmets for everyone