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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.

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Why Bike Theft Is So Hard to Stop

There are few defenses, no risks, and a decent reward.

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Could Changes to Early Voting Rules Hurt Urban Voters?

When it comes to early voting, some states say one size fits all -- and urban counties cry foul.

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When All Else Fails, Paint Their Faces on Potholes

Our new urban heroes.

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Europe's Great Untapped Revenue Source: Property Taxes

But will they take advantage of it?