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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


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.

Flickr/Willem van Bergen

Why Land Use Planning Matters More Than Ever

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


How We're Failing Our Parks

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


The Challenge of Managing Diversity

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

Courtesy Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

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


The World's 10 Best Transit Poems

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


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 

Andrea Bowers & Olga Koumoundouros

The Most Artistic Cities in America

Some smaller neighborhoods maintain surprisingly vibrant artistic communities

Flickr/Luis Tamayo

The Bike Share Station Sponsorship Dance

As developers look to latch on to the popularity of bike sharing, winners and losers emerge

Andrew R. Palewski

The Trouble With Church Preservation

When a religious group wants to sell off its house of worship but historians want to save it, who should decide? 


Why Preservationists Must Be Picky

If we try to save everything, we risk losing our credibility


Thanksgiving Boom Towns

Which cities will get the most visitors this holiday weekend?

Dupont Underground

A New Vision for D.C.'s Abandoned Streetcar Tunnels

Plans are once again underway to bring Dupont Circle's tunnels back to life—but will the neighborhood get behind it?