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The Vacation Architecture of the Working Class

Meet the bungalows of New York City's Rockaway.

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A Matchmaker for New York's Privately Owned Public Spaces

A year after Occupy Wall Street, Jerold Kayden is on a mission to convince skyscraper owners that their plazas can be better.

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The New Geography of Finance

Despite the crisis, the U.S. finance industry has grown since 2008.

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As Local Governments Shrink, Private Consultants Reap Rewards

Meet the high-paid experts who are pitching our cities and states on how to save money.

Inside the Portland International Airport's Jellyfish Playpen

Concourse E has been invaded by a rainbow-colored swarm of gently swaying jellies.

Probable Deathblow of the Day: Charter Cities Struck Down in Honduras

The controversial plan appears to have reached a dead end.

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One Surprising Factor Slowing the Economic Recovery

We need more mortgage lenders. 75 percent of the biggest home lenders in 2006 no longer exist.

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An Entire Year of New York City's Noise Complaints

More than 270,000 noise complaints sketch a city that roars in the day and talks ferociously in its sleep.

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The Best Thing About This Season's NYC Ballet Might Be the Seats

Three studios created creative seating areas for the famed "jewel box."

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Travel to More Than 60 Countries Without Leaving This Park

A new park in Copenhagen incorporates pop artifacts and cultural mementos from the area’s inhabitants.

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There's Always Room for Jell-O Molded to Look Like San Francisco

Liz Hickok has created dozens of urban Jell-O landscapes.

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Dragons Race at China's Annual Competition

Images of this weekend's Dragon Boat Open, and other competitions throughout the years.

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Dedicated Bike Lanes Can Cut Cycling Injuries in Half

So says a new study from Canada examining hundreds of injured cyclists and the roads where they wiped out.

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What Are the 7 Keys to a Strong Community?

Parks, community schools, and other essential elements.

The 'Confusing and Nonsensical Grandeur' of Dublin Transport

Aris Venetikidis has mapped out a better mass transit system. He's still waiting for the city to embrace it.

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Creatives and the Crisis

Since the start of the economic crisis, creative class workers have fared substantially better than others.

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A Paris Park Morphs Into a Forest of Screaming Gargoyles

Now these are some trees with personality.

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Is Free Rent Enough to Jumpstart a Sleepy Commercial District?

Birmingham finds success with an innovative program to rejuvenate a neighborhood.

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A Global View of Architectural Conservation: The Best #CityReads of the Week

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