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What It Looks Like to Be a Traveling Salesman in 2013

Stu Larkin, seller of bronzed baby shoes, offers us a rare glimpse into small-town Americana.

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Cory Booker Is an Old-School Politician Disguised as a New Media Maven

Booker's SXSW debut had all the makings (and soundbites) of a man who intends to continue his meteoric rise.

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A Map of All the U.S. Nuclear Plants That Almost Melted Down in 2012

Two years after Fukushima, some American nuclear power plants are still having scares.

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Judge Invalidates Bloomberg's Soda Ban

The law was set to go into effect tomorrow.

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A Short History of Dead Pigs in Chinese Rivers

Today's discovery of 3,000 dead pigs in Shanghai is shocking- but it isn't the first time this has happened in China.

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Japan's Permanently Displaced

2 years after a devastating earthquake, 160,000 are still without housing.

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The End of Federal Transportation Funding as We Know It

The diminishing power of the gas tax has renewed debate about how — and even whether — Washington can pay for local roads and rails.

Embracing the Autocatalytic City

How bottom-up growth, driven by citizens, trumps central command.

In America, Food Is Getting Cheaper ... Unless You're Poor

New charts explain how America spends money on food.

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4 Months Later, the Poor Are Still Suffering Disproportionately From Sandy

Many low-income homes and apartment buildings are still dealing with significant damage.

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Mayor Julian Castro on Building a City's 'Brain Power'

In an interview, Castro lays out a plan for "closing the skills gap that exists in just about every community."

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Is Closing Underperforming Schools Really Good for Students?

Those on both sides of the debate believe they're championing civil rights. But there's no one-size-fits-all solution.

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How Congress Could Help Create the Next Great Neighborhood

The BUILD Act is designed to help local governments and other entities clean up and revitalize brownfield sites.

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The Striking Relationship Between Gun Safety Laws and Firearm Deaths

The research is now clear that states with stricter gun control measures have fewer gun-related fatalities.

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What Will Mike Bloomberg Ban Next?

For one thing, he's not happy with your iPod earbuds.

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Climate Change: The Secret Inflamer of the Arab Spring

Droughts and resource shortages can destabilize countries and foment unrest.

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The Decline of Communities Could Explain America's Health Problems

Is our rugged individualism making us sick?

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Why Obama's New Pick for the EPA Will Be Good for Cities

Gina McCarthy has a strong record on regulating pollutants. But she also gets smart growth.

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Why Are There So Many Sinkholes in Florida?

The peninsula is unstable terrain by dint of its particular geology.