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Mimi Kirk

Saying Goodbye to One of Singapore's Last Historic Cemeteries

Amid rare opposition, the land-scarce city-state prepares to build a highway through Bukit Brown.

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Why Smart Growth Can't Be the Only Answer

Smart growth policies are important, but they're not enough.

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Green Infrastructure Could Save Cities Billions

New estimates find that moving toward sustainability can greatly reduce energy and water treatment costs.

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The Most (and Least) Peaceful Places in America

A new report tracks violence and incarceration rates across America's states and metros.

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West Virginia's Outlaw Toilet Bandit Explains His Artistic Vision

David Heatwole was sick of looking at an empty pedestal in Martinsburg's town square. So he turned to Craigslist for inspiration.

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Status Quo of the Day: Rent Control in NYC

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a case that could have made rent control illegal in New York.

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A Citywide English Lesson for Sochi, Russia

Preparing for crowds of foreigners when it hosts the 2014 Winter Olympics, a city looks to expand its vocabulary.

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These Cities Really Hate Junk Mail

Which American communities have made the strongest attempts to suppress postal advertising?

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The Irreplaceability of Baltimore's Copycat Building

The former factory is the city's most iconic artists' residence, and a new book will explore its untold history.

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The World's Cleanest Flash Mob

Bubble-blowers gather in St. Petersburg.

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Dems Like Cities Better than Republicans; Everybody Loves Seattle

New polling suggests a distinct partisan divide when it comes to Americans’ opinions about cities.

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How Building Beautiful Spaces Can Foster Environmentalism

A focus on placemaking can drive the green movement.

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London's Next Top Mayor

The race to be mayor of London has devolved into personalities, but serious economic and social issue confront the city and its next mayor.

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Why Is a Patent Troll in Luxembourg Suing U.S. Public Transit Agencies?

ArrivalStar claims it invented live transit alerts. Your apps, taxpayer dollars, and the open data movement are all at stake.

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A Budget By (and For) the People

More and more cities are experimenting with participatory budgeting. But who really gets to decide how the money is spent?

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What Makes Some Cities Greener Than Others

The economic factors behind pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Overdue Declaration of the Day: Death to Placemaking Banners!

They are bland, they cost too much and they don't do anything.

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The Fascinating Story of How Those Tropical Insects Made It Into Your Starbucks Coffee

Starbucks has said it's stopping the use of bug-based red dye. Why? Making the stuff looks like so much fun!

A Little Bit of Camp Chic for Your Urban Space

These Brutalist benches will make you feel like you're sitting around a fire.