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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.

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What the Government Shutdown Will Look Like Where You Live

From national parks, to home loans, to the National Zoo in D.C., there will be a small, but noticeable, impact almost immediately. 

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Talking About Climate Change in Terms of Its Impact on Your Favorite Things

New York. Paris. Bacon.

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The Awkward Ethics of Sharing

Some people just don't know how to share, let alone bike-share. So what do we do about them?

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Which World Governments Are Most Likely to Snoop on Your Facebook?

The United States, Italy, and the United Kingdom are particularly good at obtaining private Facebook data, a new map reveals.

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A Reminder That Giving Drug Addicts Free Clean Needles Is Worth Every Penny

Helping people get high safely is a lot cheaper than treating them for HIV. 

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How a City With Two Dozen Law Enforcement Agencies Handles a Huge Crisis

The Navy Yard attack was an example of D.C.'s complex jurisdictional landscape.

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How D.C. Became a Theater Boom Town

The city's largest theaters are thriving. But does success come at a cost?

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The Navy Yard Shootings Expose D.C.'s Deep Divides: Best #Cityreads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism.

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How D.C. Set 3 Bad Bike Lane Precedents With a Single Decision

On M Street, the city has compromised rider safety, placed private interests above public, and let parking rule the day.

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Could the Navy Yard Shootings Help D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's Image?

Gray's been plagued by scandal, but he used his microphone to effectively advocate for his city.

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This Intimidating 'Roll Cloud' Looks Like a Steamroller Made of Smoke

Northern Virginia commuters heading to work Monday were faced with what looked like a massive tornado, turned on its side.

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The Mass Killing Incidents Since Obama Took Office, Mapped

A GIF to illustrate the death toll, month-by-month.

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Gunman Killed, Multiple Victims in Mass Shooting at Washington, D.C.'s Navy Yard

Officials have confirmed that at least 13 people are dead. 

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The Problem With Living Wage Bills Aimed at Walmart

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray just vetoed a measure that would have effectively established two very different minimum wages in the city.

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As Cuts to SNAP Benefits Loom, Food Pantries Can Only Guess How to Prepare

Will anti-hunger groups across the country be expected to provide millions of extra meals next year, or billions?