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Why We're Stuck With Coin-Op Laundromats

The only change that's coming to the growing laundromat industry is quarters. 

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Outraged Canadians Report the Detroit Water Authority to the UN for Human-Rights Violations

Is there a plan to force the gentrification of Detroit through overdue water bills? And should the United Nations take action? The Council of Canadians thinks so.

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California High-Speed Rail Finally Finds the Funding It Needs

A budget deal secures the project 25 percent of cap-and-trade revenue moving forward.

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Why Every City Needs a Yoga Tax

In D.C., a bill that would expand the sales tax to include services like health-club memberships has drawn the ire of gym and yoga-studio owners. Here's why it's good for cities—and for consumers. 

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How the Twin Cities Hope to Get Ahead of Demographic Change

The mayor of Minneapolis talks about the challenges facing the Twin Cities and collaborative solutions for addressing them.

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Behind Glasgow's High Mortality Rate: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A round-up of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

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The Hottest New Vaping Trend Is Vaping Bans

More and more cities are adding e-cigarettes to smoke-free bans.

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How Highway Construction Helped Hitler Rise to Power

Opposition to the Nazi regime declined near the Autobahn faster than everywhere else.

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Finally, Clear Performance Data for Comparing the World's Cities

A new international standard known as “ISO 37120” lays out 46 measures that cities on any continent can measure their performance by.

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Here's What Tens of Thousands of People Who Didn't Forget Tiananmen Look Like

Photos from the candlelight vigil marking the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre.

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Why Democrats Are Focused on Inequality: Liberal Metros Face the Worst of It

U.S. metro areas that voted for Obama tend to have higher levels of inequality and segregation.

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How One City Forgot Who Was Changing the Light Bulbs

Inside Edmonton's pedways, you'll find a confounding mix of public, private, and semi-private space. 

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New York's Big Step Toward Safer Streets for All

A package of legislation passed late last week, including "Cooper's Law," shows the city is finally getting serious about reducing traffic fatalities. 

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We Now Have Highly Detailed Maps of Detroit's Blight

A process called "blexting" and a neighborhood-focused property auction may help fix the city's crippling property woes.

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A Cemetery's Revival Signals 'Womb to Tomb' City Services

The coming wave of global urban growth will also produce a massive wave of urban death. This city in the Philippines has ideas for how to handle it.

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How Heavy Metal Tracks the Wealth of Nations

This music of disillusion and despair is, strangely, biggest in countries with very high quality of life. 

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The Worst Holiday Weekend for Red-Light Running Is Here

Memorial Day weekend is a bad time to drive overall. 

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Americans Like Living in States With Less Income Inequality

Residents of Alaska, Utah, and Wyoming say their states—which boast the lowest levels of income inequality in the country—are great places to live. 

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Wait, Why Are 'Urban' Kids Excluded from This School Meals Program in the GOP Budget?

It's a proposal to help feed low-income kids when school's out, but only rural districts would be able to participate.