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A D.C. Bus That's 7 Minutes Late Is Still Technically 'On Time'

More proof that 'on-time' performance metrics don't actually tell us very much.

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The Quaint Plans for American Cities, as We Envisioned Them 200 Years Ago

New York in 1776, Charleston in 1780, Baltimore in 1801.

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The Forgotten History of How Cities Almost Killed the Common Squirrel

At last, historians have charted the great "squirrel experiments" of the 1800s, which saved the humble creature from urban extinction.

Why So Many Rich Counties Are Concentrated Around D.C.

Parts of California and New York are much richer than Washington, but they often belong to larger counties that include areas with poorer residents.

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Why Some Communities Police Themselves, While Others Don't

Familiarity and social ties influence our decision to intervene on behalf of others. 

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Imagining the U.S. Supreme Court Covered in Solar Panels

Alongside every other building in Washington, D.C.

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America's Wealth Is Staggeringly Concentrated in the Northeast Corridor

Median incomes have been growing the fastest, however, in a very different part of the country.

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Mourning Mandela, Around the World

Memorials and tributes to the South African icon, from Soweto to Brooklyn.

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Rob Ford's New Sports Radio Gig Is Utterly Perfect

He'll be calling in to Washington, D.C.'s crude "The Sports Junkies" show.

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Tiny Homes: A New Model for Super-Chic Affordable Housing?

A group of Washingtonians say micro-dwellings are the future. But problems abound.

Please, Allow Yahoo! Autocomplete to Insult Your City

This wonderfully poisonous map shows what Yahoo!'s search engine thinks of places, such as "Chicago is so two years ago" and "Philadelphia is ugly."

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3 U.S. Metro Areas Have Economies Larger Than Sweden

And other eye-popping comparisons.

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Are Boomtown D.C.'s Days Numbered?

It's one of the few cities to emerge from the recession unscathed. But for its economy to keep growing, Washington must wean itself from the government.

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The Evolution of How We Build Airports

The shift from close-in spaces to far-flung outposts like Denver International reflects changes not only in travel, but in the culture.

HIV Is Still Very Concentrated in America's Cities

Ninety-two percent of new diagnoses occur in just a quarter of U.S. counties, and most of them are urban.

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Can Hailing a Ride Really Be About Making Friends Again?

Lyft claims it wants to be more than just a taxi service — it wants to connect people. Is it this generation's version of hitchhiking?

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America's Federal Employment Belt

How the federal government shapes job markets beyond D.C. – in Honolulu, Virginia Beach, and across the Sunbelt.

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Some People Don't Want to Say Goodbye to the Washington Monument Scaffolding

There's a White House petition to keep it up.

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The Simplest Way to Get People Biking

Show them how much time they waste using other modes of transportation.