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The Social and Economic Roots of Oakland's Graffiti Boom

How the recession and rage against the system are fueling street art.

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How Detroit's Opera Company Survived, Despite All Odds

The city's bastion of high art is thriving thanks to a strategy that's drawn in a younger, diverse audience.

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The Case for Keeping Seattle's Streets Messy

Let's stop talking about how to "fix the grid" and recognize what we have.

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Why Eds and Meds Alone Can't Revitalize Cities

Beyond any impending bubble in education and health care spending, these two sectors are not a source of economic development in the first place.

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Totally Radical Ode of the Day: The Coolest Bus Around!

The ride of your life awaits in Denmark.

Mushroom Cloud Appears Over Oklahoma

One would expect Ponca City to be leveled after this colossal transformer explosion. But life goes on.

Michael Bernstein

Man Wants To Beautify New York With Dumpster Gardens

Rubbish-bin gardens for the concrete jungle that is New York.

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Feral Dogs Invade Australia's Cities

Formerly a rural problem, wild packs are spreading disease and killing pets.

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A Second Life for Detroit's Most Popular Garage

The Vinsetta is transformed into a restaurant.

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Happy Birthday, Occupy Wall Street!

The protesters reunite one year later.

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A Plush Rooftop Garden for Tokyo Shoppers

A new "green island" on top of a mall comes with more than 80 kinds of plants and an air purification system.

Inside the Secret Program to Build the World's Best Maps

Google's Ground Truth wants to create the most accurate maps in the world. Here's what that means for the future of everything.

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The Surprising Economics of Sex Ratios

New research says men change their spending habits when they outnumber women.

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A Housing Project Upgrade Done Right

Outside Cincinnati, a deteriorated housing project is given a facelift without displacing residents.

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The Lifecycle of a 'Cool' Neighborhood

How a neighborhood evolves from the next big thing to over the hill.

Zara Matheson

America's Best Places for a Raise Since the Great Recession

Over time, the crisis has hit wages and salaries much harder in some metros than in others.

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2 Different Ways to Cut Driving by 1/5

Researchers find a short-term approach and a long-term approach.

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Fortress America: How the U.S. Designs its Embassies

The challenge of architecture that epitomizes American values while offering total security.

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Kansas City's Google Divide and Cleveland's 'Poverty of Ambition': The Best #CityReads of the Week

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