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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.

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Where This Season's NBA Players Come From: L.A., New York and ... Saginaw, Michigan?

Big cities may produce the most players, but the smaller ones have much higher efficiency ratings. 

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The Truth About D.C.'s Growing Knowledge-Based Economy

The federal government plays a major role, but it is not the single largest industry in the region.

The U.S. Cities Where the Fewest Commuters Get to Work By Car

And where bike commuting has been growing the fastest.

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Will the U.S. Ever Get High-Speed Rail Anywhere?

California is on its way, and the Midwest, the Northeast Corridor, and Texas all have plans of their own.

Mapping 22 Different Latino Populations Across the U.S.A.

New maps show the geographic differences among Mexican, Salvadorean, Cuban, and other ethnic populations.

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And There Was Joy in Washington

Scenes from a city reopened.

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D.C. Residents Drank More, Spent Less During Shutdown, Says Foursquare

Week one: fancy Italian restaurant. Week two: dive bar.

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How the National Parks Became the Shutdown's Biggest Battleground

What was different, and what was similar, in 1995 and 1996.

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How Not To Protest the Government

A very weird plan to send Washington a message by disrupting D.C.'s commuters.

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People Who Flush Personal Wipes Down the Drain Are Destroying America's Sewers

Stop it. Stop flushing wet wipes. 

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D.C.'s Mayor Says City Is on the Verge of a Crisis Due to Shutdown

Vincent Gray is demanding a meeting with President Obama and Congress. 

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Seeing Bike-Share as an Alternative to Streetcars

It's a cost-effective, high-return option, says Chicago's transportation commissioner.

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How Houston Could Become America's Best City: Top #Cityreads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

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Who Profits During a Government Shutdown?

Bars, Alexandria, and private museums.

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What Happens When the Government Shuts Down 94 Percent of the EPA

Superfund clean-ups are halted, and that's just the start.