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Americans Still Trust Their Local Government, Even as Faith in Washington Crumbles

Blame the remoteness of D.C., or its partisan rancor.

Obama vs. Romney: Who Has the Better Graffiti?

Predicting the outcome of the 2012 election with a highly scientific analysis of wall doodles.

A Skyscraper That Could Clean the Air

This proposed Chicago building doesn't look like much, but it could clean up the air around the city's expressway.

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The Growing Inequality of Home Building in India

Cities are building more houses than ever, but they are priced out of reach for the poor.

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Why American Students Can't Write

A former South Bronx teacher recalls how his own idealism kept his class from learning how to write.

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Siberia's Weird, Wonderful Summer Rituals

Expansive landscapes, colorful festivals, and stuffed bears.

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What Does a Corporation Owe Its Hometown?

Towns and cities spend lots of time and energy wooing companies. Often, they get little in return besides broken promises.

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Official Asks Every Person in Bulawayo to Flush Their Toilets at the Same Time

Looking for someone on Monday and Thursday at 7 p.m.? Check the bathroom.

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Dear New York: Please Make Subway 'Grinding' a Felony. Now.

A recent ruling sets a precedent for transit sex abusers to roam free.

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Should We Crowdsource Walkability Rankings?

Walk Score will now let users "review" a neighborhood's walkability.

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This House Consumes Less Net Energy Than Your Little Urban Studio

Meet the federal government's four-bed, three-bath, two-car garage, 2,700-square foot suburban net-zero home.

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Here We Go Again: Retail Trucks Run Into Permitting Issues Everywhere

Mobile vendors selling clothes and shoes instead of food are popping up all over the place. How should cities treat them?

Zara Matheson

Where Are the Most Uninsured Americans?

It varies widely across the country.

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This Vest May Well Be the Future of Indoor Mapping

Wearable cartographic tech enables people to map the insides of buildings just by walking around.

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Open Data of the Day: New York City Will Have QR Codes Everywhere

Every business with a city permit will soon be required to display a QR code linking to the municipal database.

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Grisly Public-Bathroom Collapse in Ghana Claims 1 Life

Here's your extra-sad edition of Toilet Tuesday, news from loos across the world.

How One Man's Bicycle Commute Inspired a Strange Song

Using a variety of electronics hooked up to his body, Brian House turned his daily bike route in New York into music.

Why Your Apartment Should Be on Facebook

A Cleveland start-up helps apartment complexes up their social media game.

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A Search Engine for Landscapes

Landex helps you find neighborhoods just like yours, the country over.