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The Real Estate Deal That Could Change the Future of Everything

Two Washington, D.C., developers set out to democratize how commercial buildings are developed, and in the process they've invented an entirely new model of finance.

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To Get America Growing Again, We Have to Look to Our Most Productive Metro Areas

The United States is not just as a single national economy but a collection of city and metro economies, and they're growing at starkly different rates.

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Why Urban Voters Matter: Best #Cityreads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

Fabian Brunsing

Inhospitable Park Bench of the Day: The Pay and Sit

Don't get too comfy.

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Here's One Way to Waste Time at the Bus Stop

An Italian street artist has the perfect thing for when the bus is running late: Popping bubblewrap.

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Zaha Hadid Designs an Alien Mothership for Tokyo

The famed architect's vision for Tokyo's New National Stadium is gorgeous and a little intimidating.

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The Real Reason So Many Teachers Quit Their Jobs

We thought they were fleeing poor training or poor salaries, but it looks like principals are the the problem.

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A Polygamous Town Built Into a Mountain

A small community of fundamentalist Mormons literally carved homes into the side of a massive sandstone rock in Utah.

DC's Massive New Transportation Experiment Starts Tomorrow

High-tech high-occupancy tolls come to the nation's capital. Is this the future of highway infrastructure?

This Net-Zero Cottage Takes Tiny Houses to a Whole New Level

With its shiny recycled-metal rain screen and jauntily angled rooftop solar array, the 712-square-foot cottage is charming and sustainable.

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How One Homeless Teenage Mother Broke the Cycle of Poverty

For a young single parent with no place to live, it can be nearly impossible to get off the streets, let alone go to college. Here's how one woman did both.   

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Can a Paint Job Change a Neighborhood's Future?

Philly Painting mobilizes the community to bring a new look to a blighted neighborhood.

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Residential Mobility Changes the Way You Make Friends

A new study finds that moving a lot leads to loneliness — but also leads us to expand our social networks.

The Incredible Missile Battle Above Israel

The skies have been absolutely insane this week. 

Reuters

The Secret to Buffalo's Farm-to-Table Culture

An interview with Christa Glennie Seychew, who's helped reinvigorate the city's local food movement.

Reuters

Rising Sea Levels, Plummeting Waterfront Property Values?

Mortgage-backed securities precipitated the Great Recession when we figured out they were worth a fraction of their stated value. Is coastal land next?

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Dispute of the Day: How Many Rocks Are Thrown at D.C. Buses?

The city says it happens all over the place.

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Husbands Can No Longer Rape Wives in the Solomon Islands: This Week in Bans

Also, Portland's City Council rushes to remove agitators, and Uganda's biggest city decides to get rid of single-family houses.

Watch This Crazy, Creepy Sci-Fi Video Made in an Abandoned House

Artist Jeff Frost paints massive geometric shapes on walls so that they function as optical illusions, blurring the line between 2D and 3D.