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How California Legislated Its Way to Smarter Growth

A landmark 2008 land use law has led to more sustainable communities.

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Crowdfunding a Skyscraper

You don't need a wealthy developer when you've got thousands of small investors.

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Housing Shortage in Paris? Blame the Foreigners!

At least that's the popular attitude. But the truth is much more complicated.

Zoe Strauss

Dearborn: Where Americans Come to Hate Muslims

How a city of 97,000 became a must-visit location on the newly established anti-Muslim protest circuit.

Espegel-Fisac

How Spanish Urbanism Lost its Leading Edge

The country has long been a model for flashy, absurd infrastructure, but austerity is finally slowing it down.

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Finding of the Day: 8% of L.A. Childhood Asthma Cases Due to Freeway Proximity

Kids who live near busy roads are more likely to develop asthma.

Moment Factory

Barcelona's Famed Cathedral Finally Gets the Color It Wanted

Special-effects wizards used Antoni Gaudì's sketches to psychedelically animate the La Sagrada Familia.

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The Crazy Pidgin Language That Unites Africa's Megacity

Finding a common linguistic ground in a city of 20 million and 500 languages.

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Pontiac Ex-Councilman in Cocaine-Trafficking Bust: Officials Gone Wild

A roundup of the latest crimes, blunders and everyday embarrassments perpetrated by our esteemed municipal leaders.

Be Open

A Box of Sound in Trafalgar Square

Be OPEN reminds us that public art doesn't have to be visual.

A Key Historic Preservation Tool Is on the Brink of Extinction

What's at stake if Congress cuts the historic preservation tax incentive.

Reuters

Kicking Off Yom Kippur With Chicken Dolls and Goldfish

In Israel, Orthodox Jews prep for the Day of Atonement.

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Can Detroit Live Up to Its Hype?

Boosters promise a city poised to become the next start-up hub. But driving around the downtown's empty streets, I'm not so sure I see a rosy future.

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The Tricky Politics of Vacant Lots

A Philadelphia local transformed a lot into a park on his own dime. But the city says the conversion was illegal, and is threatening to sue.

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This Is What a City Guide Should Look Like

A new website offers tours and information on Washington's urbanism.

Courtesy of Geoff Oliver Bugbee

In Louisville, Urban Planning Goes 3D

The city's new Vision Louisville initiative hopes to inspire proposals from the public.

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Does Who You See on the Street Determine How Long You'll Live?

New research suggests who you see may subtly affect your life expectancy.

Zoe Strauss

The Paradox of Mexicantown: Detroit's Uncomfortable Relationship With the Immigrants it Desperately Needs

Mexicans have made a productive home for themselves in a city largely known for its shrinking population. So why are they being deported?

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How the Creative Class Is Reshaping America's Electoral Map

Educated professionals are anchoring a new kind of voting coalition.