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Metros Clobbered by the Housing Crisis Are Growing Again

Populations in markets hit hard by the 2008 crisis – like Phoenix, Orlando, and Las Vegas – grew faster than others.

Roel Verhagen Kaptein

Is This a Good Way to Reinvent the Recumbent Bicycle?

Out of the Netherlands comes this unusual design for a streamlined commuting recumbent.

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D.C. Lawyer Appointed as Detroit's Emergency Manager

Kevyn Orr has a background in business restructuring, and worked on Chrysler's 2009 bankruptcy.

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When It Comes to Talking on Phones While Driving, Americans Are the Worst

According to a CDC study, we do this more than most European countries.

Corcoran et. al

Mapping the Growth of OpenStreetMap

Looking back over the history of the crowdsourced digital street map, a familiar pattern emerges.

Reuters

Meet Thor, the Mexican Superhero Street Artist Who Rides Public Transit

Ruben Oviedo has been performing in downtown Mexico City for about a year.

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The Devastating Impact of Persistent Crime on Teens

In low-income urban neighborhoods, daily exposure to violence is a reality for many young people.

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A Brief History of Suburbia's Rise and Fall

A new paper tracks suburbia from its ideological roots in the Victorian era to its harsh detractors in the modern age.

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An Ingenious Banking Model: Speak Spanish and Serve Immigrants

For one North Carolina credit union, courting Latino immigrant members is a risk that pays off.

Reuters

Take a Secret Peek Inside the Spire of the Chrysler Building

Urban explorer Moses Gates wormed his way up to the very top, far higher than where elevator service cuts off.

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Ideas Trump Resources When it Comes to City Growth

Natural resources can help, but enduring economic growth is powered by talent and ideas.

Despite Austerity, Athens Completely Revamps Its Downtown

Tramlines! Bike paths! Trees! The plans could turn an area of shabby charisma into one of real, walkable charm.

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Moscow Says 'No' To New Mosques

The mayor says citizens are "irritated by people who speak a different language" and have "different manners."

Eric Goldwyn

The Limits of Bus Rapid Transit: A Cape Town Case Study

Why BRT isn't right for every city.

Nate Hommel

Eyesore Solution of the Day: Vegetation Decorations for Construction Fences

Planters cover up offensive projects.

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If Your City Were Wrecked by Totalitarian Urban Planners

Spend a moment sitting in the shoes of Bucharest.

Reuters

A Public Transit Pope: Francis Rode Buses Instead of Limos Through Buenos Aires

The new Pope was born in Buenos Aires, and is celebrated for his humility.

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Thousands Celebrate Puff of White Smoke, Selection of New Pope

The crowd gathered at the Vatican is pretty excited right now.

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Should Pregnant Women Be Warned About the Health Risks of Driving?

The latest research suggests the answer is yes.