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David Francis

Anatomy of a Boomtown: The Real Story Behind the Rise of Charlotte

Despite recession-era setbacks, the city is celebrated as a success story. Can it stay that way?

Possible Uses For a $290 Paper Bag In SoHo

It would make great wrapping for this package I need to mail.

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Map of the Day: D.C. Internet on the Internet

Turns out the White House has one of the slower download speeds in the city.

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Labor Day, in Pictures

Scenes from around the country.

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Pit Bulls, the Ultimate Urban Dog

Much like cities, pit bulls were unfairly maligned in this country for decades.

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Your Body Is a Wondermap

The cartographic utility of human appendages and the places they resemble.

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Using BRT as a Transit Band-Aid

As Istanbul awaits the completion of its trunk subway line, the Metrobus has performed admirably.

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America's Best Places for a Raise

Where you live can determine how much more you'll be making next year.

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90-Foot Bus of the Day: the Fraunhofer IVI Auto Tram

I can't believe it's not a tram!

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A Continental Network to Monitor How We're Trashing the Environment

New nationwide observatory will track how climate change and land use affect ecosystems.

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Avoid Airline Fees With This Wearable Luggage

But you'll still look like an idiot.

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Pimp Your Block With Civic Bling

Need ideas for how to better your neighborhood? We've got 'em right here.

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Burning Man, in Pictures

Scenes from the desert art festival.

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These May Be The Least 'Livable' Cities, But They're the Future

Top-ranking cities have little relevance to emerging world cities.

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How California's Carbon Market Will Work

This week, over 100 businesses got their first taste of GHG cap-and-trade.

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The Surprising Bliss of Tour Guiding in Your Own City

When you take the time to show off your hometown, chances are you'll discover something new to love yourself.

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Mapmaker, Artist, or Programmer?

Self-described "map geek" Eric Fischer uses urban data to make some of the web's most intriguing spatial images.

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Policing the Police on Those Distracting In-Car Computers

Fort Wayne moves to limit when officers can type and stare at their on-board screens.

Public Art by Satellite

An event is documented by a Google satellite, creating a new and unnerving lens through which to view public space.