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Watch Detroit Tackle Blight in Real Time

Sales of previously vacant homes are steadily racking up on the Building Detroit auction site.

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A New Typeface Inspired by the Handwriting of the Homeless

"Homeless Fonts" is a Spanish project to turn hand-scrawled cardboard signs into charitable assistance.

AP/Armando Franca

Why Commute Times Don't Change Much Even as a City Grows

Two words: balanced transportation.

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A Dispatch From the Cutting Edge of TSA Innovation

Officials in charge of airport security are rediscovering the wisdom of a bygone era, when shoes stayed on and liquid didn't have to be put in plastic bags.

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Minneapolis's Most Famous Street Gets Ready For a Makeover

Built in 1968 and last updated in 1991, Nicollet Mall is getting a new name and look.

Reuters/Tony Gentile

In Europe, Knowing Your Neighbor Doesn't Necessarily Make You Happier

A surprising result from a pan-European survey on happiness.

John Metcalfe

My Hunt for the Next Four Loko

The corner stores near my home in Oakland, California, carry the craziest, cheapest alcoholic beverages I've ever seen. So I decided to try them all. 

Chicago Cultural Center

Naturally, the Architecture of StoryCorps Tells Its Own Story

With a new physical exhibition space, StoryCorps is expanding the way it presents stories in Chicago.

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How D.C. Finally Stopped Punishing Sex Workers for Carrying Condoms

Police in the nation's capital have an ugly history with the transgender and sex worker communities, but there are signs that's changing. 

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The Big Texas Plan to Copy Japan's High-Speed Rail Success

Texas Central Railway intends to build a Houston-Dallas line with private money.

Frances Heewon Cha/ Citiscope

Is This Office the Future of Government Work?

Seoul's "smart work centers" give overworked public-sector employees an alternative to long commutes.

Nir Elias/Reuters

Why Californians Will Soon Be Drinking Their Own Pee

It’s a much better option than desalination.

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Not All Tree Planting Programs Are Great for the Environment

Some tree species can lead to more ozone production than others, especially in urban areas.

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Cable Boxes Use an Absurd Amount of Energy, Even When They're Off

That innocuous little device atop your TV has a surprisingly large carbon footprint. 

Mr.TinDC

Making the Real Estate Case for 'Walkable Urban Places'

"It's going to take 20 to 30 years to catch up with pent-up demand."

Debra Bruno

The Strange Case of Datong, China's Half-Finished Faux 'Ancient' City

An ambitious former mayor started gutting the historic city center and replacing it with replicas. Then he left town. 

NOAA

The World Cup's Balls, If Flattened, Are Psychedelic Art

When laid out in two dimensions like world maps, these soccer ball patterns become seriously groovy.

AP/Jae C. Hong

Are Baby Boomers Really Keeping Millennials From Finding Jobs?

As more put off retirement, the number of older workers grew 9 percent since 2007.

Via California High-Speed Rail Authority

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.