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A Brief History of the Barnes Dance

Cities have largely given up on pedestrian scrambles — but some are bringing them back.

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There's More Than History at Stake for NYC's First Pre-Fab High-Rise

B2 Bklyn breaks ground this morning at Atlantic Yards. A lot is riding on whether it works.

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The Typical Municipal Budgeting Process Is Rigged Against Infrastructure Investments

There's a major structural problem built into how cities spend their money. Here's what we can do about it.

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Mass Transit Improvement of the Day: 24 New Tram Stations in Paris

The French capital's third tramway extension in a month.

The Nastiest Cyclist vs. Driver Videos of 2012

The Battle of the Commute rages on, as this painful-to-watch footage shows.

Kaid Benfield

How an Industrial City Reinvented Itself as a Sustainability Hub

France's Nantes has a powerful plan to cut carbon, eliminate cars, and redevelop the city's heart.

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The Mystery of Our Declining Mobility

Americans moved less than ever between 2005 and 2010 — but no one seems to know why.

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Mourners Gather in Newtown

On Sunday, President Obama pledged to "use whatever power this office holds" to prevent another mass shooting.

The Most Talked About Buildings of 2012

From residences to gardens to installations, a look at the most compelling works of the year.

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The Sad and Telling Reaction of School Districts Everywhere to Sandy Hook

Monday brings an awkward mix of grief and preparation.

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How to Make Privately Owned Public Spaces Truly Open to the Public

The city of San Francisco has now mapped all of its downtown POPOS, and it's ensuring for the first time that residents really have access to them.

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This Most Recent Decline in U.S. Violent Crime Is Different From the Last One

Homicide rates have fallen significantly in some places. Does economic development deserve the credit?

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Why St. Louis May Not Be Able to Stem its Asthma Epidemic

The city has one of the highest rates in the country, and efforts to cut smokers out just aren't working.

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6 Timelines That Explain America's Persistent Gun Culture

Trends in gun ownership, attitudes and violence have shifted notably over the past few decades.

James West

A River in Retreat: In Two Weeks, the Mississippi Could Shut Down

The worst drought in half a century has brought water levels close to historic lows.

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'These Neighborhoods Are Our Neighborhoods': 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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Gun Violence Is an Everywhere Issue

Americans can no longer pretend that shooting deaths are a problem relegated to the inner city.

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How Japan Has Virtually Eliminated Shooting Deaths

In part by forbidding almost all forms of firearm ownership, Japan has as few as two gun-related homicides a year.

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Newtown Is a Pretty Typical Connecticut Community

A New England town with a touch of the Gold Coast.