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Can Eminent Domain Solve Our Mortgage Woes?

Officials in California and Chicago are throwing their weight behind a proposal that would let homeowners refinance certain loans.

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Inside a German Prison That's Now An Artsy Hostel

Going to jail has never been so fun.

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Making City Biking Less Scary

Maps of traffic stress show where improvements can help build a better bicycle network.

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The Startling Urban Dynamic in Pennsylvania's Voter ID Law

Philadelphia voters are in uncharted territory as the state fights over restrictive new ID legislation.

Addition of the Day: Portland Installs Nation's First Bike Counter

It would be Portland.

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Using Data Streams to Catch Criminals

A new NYPD system allows police to quickly collect data from cameras, crime reports, and 911 calls. What's the impact on our privacy?

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This Week in Bans: It's Criminal To Say Men Have 'No Balls'

Also, a British city forbids its own employees from watching the Olympics and a Tennessee burg attacks noisy street preaching.

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The Sad Evolution of the Strip Mall

How the most car-friendly urban form went from quaint to grotesque.

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A City of Staples

A miniature megalopolis.

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A Tug-of-War Between Bus and Rail in a Brazilian World Cup City

New court ruling may help Cuiabá make up its mind about Cup-related transit plans.

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A Glowing Run Through Edinburgh

Hundreds of walkers get decked out in glowing lights and run over Arthur's Seat to illuminate the iconic landmark.

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The Bad News Behind the Good News That Home Prices Are Rising

Like every economic bulletin these days, this one comes with a catch.

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Graffiti, Created With Water Guns

A French artist has built a giant water-sensitive light-board for your artistic pleasure.

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Pakistan's Looming Water Crisis

Water access and infrastructure concerns will only heighten as the country shifts toward an urban majority.

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In Philadelphia, a Porch for an Entire City

A block-long plaza replaces an unnecessary parking lane with tables, shade, and perhaps a farmers’ market or beer garden.

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The World's Biggest Gay Rights 'Tattoo'

Artist Steed Taylor unravels the story behind Chicago's "Galloon," a tribute to out gays and lesbians in the military.

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A Greener, Safer Empty Lot

How a little yardwork can reduce crime and improve a neighborhood's sense of safety.

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50 Years After the Beatles, Liverpool Is Back

England's Detroit has boosted its cultural offerings to become a tourist magnet.

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Do Basketball Arenas Spur Economic Development?

The latest research finds arenas are "not the cause of development so much as they are the effect."