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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.

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How Rio Tamed Carnaval

A new mayor brought order to the rowdy parade scene, registering parties and advertising road closures in advance.

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Michigan Will Take Over Detroit

Snyder has "top candidate" for Emergency Manager in mind; consolidation of power will likely lead to cuts and asset sales that the mayor and city council sought to avoid.

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Can the Longest Remaining Stretch of the Berlin Wall Be Saved From the Threat of Condos?

Protesters have halted construction for now, but for many Berliners, it’s as if their worst nightmares are coming true.

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The Sequester Will Be Worst for the Nation's Poorest Schools

Districts serving less affluent communities will be hit the hardest by cuts.

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Why You Might Not Want to Let a Private Prison Company Name Your Stadium

Some naming rights just aren't worth it.

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Here's Exactly How Bad Beijing's Smog Crisis Is, In One Photo

China World Trade Center Tower III is more than 1,000 feet tall and can't be seen today in Beijing.