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How President Obama's Budget Proposal Would Affect Cities

Three programs to watch as federal budget negotiations kick off.

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Luminous 'Light Paintings' of D.C.'s Cherry Blossoms

With a long exposure and a flashlight, Jacques Domenge brings out the surreal beauty of the cherry trees after the crowds have gone.

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America's Most Post-Industrial Metros

The cities that lead America's transition from a goods-producing to service economy.

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15 Ideas for Making Amtrak's Northeast Corridor Better

The federal government has prepared a short list that includes 220 mph trains.

Associated Press

2013 Opening Day: Baseball Begins

Fans descend on ballparks around the country as Major League Baseball gets underway.

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Pails of Water and a Fight for a Beer Bucket: Bizarre Easter Traditions

A collection of strange and lovely Easter traditions.

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Homeless in the Suburbs: The Best #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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Parking Ticket of the Day: The One Rep. Louie Gohmert Isn't Paying

Will the Texas congressman pay up?

The Strange Case of Squatters' Sovereignty

A new twist on property rights, in a suburb outside of Washington, D.C.

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Bankrupt Vs. Broke: What's the Difference: Best #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.

Making Peace With the Decline of Alt-Weeklies

The death of the Boston Phoenix may signal the approaching end of these storied city institutions. But there's also a lot more news outlets to choose from today.

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Is There a Link Between Walkability and Local School Performance?

Some early attempts to map the question in D.C. suggest that there might be. But what does the correlation tell us?

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The Devastating Impact of Persistent Crime on Teens

In low-income urban neighborhoods, daily exposure to violence is a reality for many young people.

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If Your City Were Wrecked by Totalitarian Urban Planners

Spend a moment sitting in the shoes of Bucharest.

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Why We Crave 'Authentic' Cities: Best #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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Code Enforcement Goes High-Tech

CityScan uses street-mapping technology and public records to find hidden violations.

Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks

Mapping the Relationship Between Income and Rent

"Rich blocks, poor blocks."

The Story of Snowquester, as Told By Twitter

The storm that kind of wasn't.

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An Imprecise Geography of Obnoxious Snowstorm Nicknames

From Snowpocalypse to Snowquester.