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It's Official: Downtowns Are Booming

Neighborhoods within 2 miles of city hall saw huge jumps in population between 2000 and 2010, according to new numbers from the Census.

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Paris Commemmorates Its 2006 World Cup Defeat, in Bronze

"This statue goes against the tradition of making statues to honor victories," a museum official explained. "It is an ode to defeat."

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Urbanites Read News Differently Than Their Rural Counterparts

For one thing, they're more interested in night clubs and restaurants.

Paolo Cirio

Bringing the 'Ghosts' of Google Street View To Life

An artist recreates the scenes captured by Google's cameras.

Could Parking Lot Walkways Point the Way to Walkable Redevelopment?

It’s all about the future street pattern.

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Even the Smell of Cigarettes Changes How We Use Public Spaces

Smokers and the battle for the outdoors.

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How Technology Is Fueling Urban Inequality

Start-ups and entrepreneurs promise a bright future. But is it a future that crowds out the poor and disadvantaged?

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Could Bike GPS Actually Help You Get Your Stolen Bike Back?

Mobiloc says it's invented the first GPS-enabled bike lock.

Who Are Google's Ocean 'Street Views' Really For?

Divers? Explorers? Really bad drivers?

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Why Britain's Railway Privatization Failed

Accidents and defaults have riders clamoring for a public takeover. But will the promised reintegration work?

Florentijn Hofman

Plastic Bag Creation of the Day: The Slugs of Angers

Move over balloon animals. There's a new game in town.

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Americans Still Trust Their Local Government, Even as Faith in Washington Crumbles

Blame the remoteness of D.C., or its partisan rancor.

Obama vs. Romney: Who Has the Better Graffiti?

Predicting the outcome of the 2012 election with a highly scientific analysis of wall doodles.

A Skyscraper That Could Clean the Air

This proposed Chicago building doesn't look like much, but it could clean up the air around the city's expressway.

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The Growing Inequality of Home Building in India

Cities are building more houses than ever, but they are priced out of reach for the poor.

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Why American Students Can't Write

A former South Bronx teacher recalls how his own idealism kept his class from learning how to write.

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Siberia's Weird, Wonderful Summer Rituals

Expansive landscapes, colorful festivals, and stuffed bears.

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What Does a Corporation Owe Its Hometown?

Towns and cities spend lots of time and energy wooing companies. Often, they get little in return besides broken promises.

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Official Asks Every Person in Bulawayo to Flush Their Toilets at the Same Time

Looking for someone on Monday and Thursday at 7 p.m.? Check the bathroom.