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To Fix Municipal Finances, States Need to Back Off

Many cities are powerless when it comes to controlling the money in their coffers. Here's how to fix that.

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Strange Car Feature of the Day: A Seat That Feels Like It's Made of Fingers

Nissan researchers want to build a car with a human touch.

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Colossal Arachnids Menace the Space Needle

Artist Marlin Peterson improved the Seattle Center with frighteningly realistic (and large) daddy longlegs.

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Does Tom Wolfe Get Miami Right?

His new novel Back to Blood is set in Miami. But critics are split on whether he captures the essence of the city.

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Visions of the Past: Recreating World War II in Today's Cities

A photography project reminds us that soldiers surrendered and prisoners marched on the same streets we walk along every day.

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A Japanese Luxury 'Hotel' Inside a Public Bathroom

The eternal dream of humankind – to enjoy room service while on the toilet – has finally come to fruition.

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Thousands Dance, Don Purple Robes for Panama's 'Black Jesus' Festival

Over 60,000 pilgrims come each year to pray for forgiveness.

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Young Adults Are Finally Leaving Their Parents' Houses

After a Great Recession slump, the number of new households is ticking up.

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Bicycle Schools, Complete with Bamboo Bikes, On a Roll in Brazil

File under things that make you feel good.

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The Vacation Architecture of the Working Class

Meet the bungalows of New York City's Rockaway.

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A Matchmaker for New York's Privately Owned Public Spaces

A year after Occupy Wall Street, Jerold Kayden is on a mission to convince skyscraper owners that their plazas can be better.

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The New Geography of Finance

Despite the crisis, the U.S. finance industry has grown since 2008.

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As Local Governments Shrink, Private Consultants Reap Rewards

Meet the high-paid experts who are pitching our cities and states on how to save money.

Inside the Portland International Airport's Jellyfish Playpen

Concourse E has been invaded by a rainbow-colored swarm of gently swaying jellies.

Probable Deathblow of the Day: Charter Cities Struck Down in Honduras

The controversial plan appears to have reached a dead end.

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One Surprising Factor Slowing the Economic Recovery

We need more mortgage lenders. 75 percent of the biggest home lenders in 2006 no longer exist.

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An Entire Year of New York City's Noise Complaints

More than 270,000 noise complaints sketch a city that roars in the day and talks ferociously in its sleep.

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The Best Thing About This Season's NYC Ballet Might Be the Seats

Three studios created creative seating areas for the famed "jewel box."

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Travel to More Than 60 Countries Without Leaving This Park

A new park in Copenhagen incorporates pop artifacts and cultural mementos from the area’s inhabitants.