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Scott Reeder

Why Have So Many Cities and Towns Given Away So Much Money to Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's?

The astonishing story of how the nation's two largest hunting and fishing specialty stores convinced small town America to pay for their expansions.

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What Makes a Public Space Good for Democracy?

The best world capitals to raise a democratic ruckus. 

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The Case for Weird Buildings, Indianapolis Skepticism, and a Renter's Respite: The Best #CityReads of the Week

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

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Parking Tool of the Day: The Digital Driveway Network

The online parking spot marketplace is heating up.

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Is China's Affordable Housing Going to Those Who Need It?

As China works towards big housing goal, questions arise about who's benefitting.

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Dwight Howard, the Lakers, and the Spiky NBA

Big cities continue to dominate the competition for basketball superstars.

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Facts and Fictions of D.C.'s Gentrification

Urban comebacks like the District of Columbia's can come at a price. This past week showed how sore a subject this still is.

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Does This Boston Mural Contain a Hidden Terrorist Message?

Almost certainly not, but that isn't stopping Fox News commentators from seeing a "female Muslim suicide bomber."

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The Nazi Olympics, Revisited

A new exhibit at Pittsburgh’s Holocaust Center explores the most infamous of Games.

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Berlin's Plastic Wrap Art

See garbage and cling wrap molded into sculpture.

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How Urban Sprawl Intensified Floods in the Philippines

Growth in population and informal settling has increased the flood's toll in Manila.

Bernhard Burkard

A Quasi-Hammock for City Streets

An easy-to-carry lounge chair can be deployed against buildings and trees.

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A Handy Guide to Global Warming Diseases

As temperatures rise, tropical diseases move into new territory.

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An Underground Religious Sect, Literally

70 sectarians are found living in an underground bunker in Russia.

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Micro-Subletting Is Thriving in New York — But Is It Legal?

Users of sites like Airbnb are snubbing a recent law that forbids short-term apartment rentals.

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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.