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A Plush Rooftop Garden for Tokyo Shoppers

A new "green island" on top of a mall comes with more than 80 kinds of plants and an air purification system.

Inside the Secret Program to Build the World's Best Maps

Google's Ground Truth wants to create the most accurate maps in the world. Here's what that means for the future of everything.

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The Surprising Economics of Sex Ratios

New research says men change their spending habits when they outnumber women.

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A Housing Project Upgrade Done Right

Outside Cincinnati, a deteriorated housing project is given a facelift without displacing residents.

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The Lifecycle of a 'Cool' Neighborhood

How a neighborhood evolves from the next big thing to over the hill.

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America's Best Places for a Raise Since the Great Recession

Over time, the crisis has hit wages and salaries much harder in some metros than in others.

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2 Different Ways to Cut Driving by 1/5

Researchers find a short-term approach and a long-term approach.

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Fortress America: How the U.S. Designs its Embassies

The challenge of architecture that epitomizes American values while offering total security.

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Kansas City's Google Divide and Cleveland's 'Poverty of Ambition': The Best #CityReads of the Week

Our weekly look back at the stories you may have missed.

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Impromptu Library Of the Day: A River of Luminous Books in Melbourne

Thousands of books flood Federation Square in "Literature vs. Traffic."

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4 Lessons for Building a Stronger Tech Economy in Cities

Ideas from the Techonomy conference in Detroit.

A Missile Trail Can Be Quite Beautiful

Las Vegas and Phoenix were treated to a rare atmospheric lightshow on Thursday morning.

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Can Easing Planning Rules Boost the Economy?

The British government hopes so.

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Protests Erupt at Embassies Across the Middle East

Violent clashes spread to almost a dozen countries.

The Tragic Geography of Disconnected Youth

One in seven young Americans are neither working nor going to school.

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Why We're Really Winning the War on Poverty

Even after a generation of stagnating market wages, taxing the poor less and spending more money on them is working.

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Radiating Death: How Walmart Displaces Nearby Small Businesses

The closer they are, the more they fall.

The Two Approaches to Cutting City Costs

There's a short-term and a long-term approach. Cities tried one, now they're looking to the other.

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The Death and Life of Little Havana

While its historic character and culture has been strong for the last 50 years, the neighborhood's re-emergence is complicated by uncertainties.