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What the Arts Add to Our Communities

A short video on new projects to liven up neighborhoods across the country.

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Fear and Loathing in Athens

Headlines tell of a city gripped by violent riots, but the reality is more complicated.

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Rochester's Unique Place in the Rustbelt Revival

With rebounding historic neighborhoods and a diversified economy, Rochester's future doesn't have to be as grim as some fear.

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How the Recession Made Me a Gentrifier in My Home Town

Downwardly mobile Millennials—especially the ones who are natives of increasingly expensive cities—are rewriting the rules of gentrification.

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The Misunderstood Science Behind Fears That a Subway Tunnel Could Blow Up Beverly Hills High School

Earthquakes, underground chemicals, hysteria and emotion all collide in L.A.

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Freaky Furniture of the Day: Human Hair Chairs

Thanks to Swedish designer Ola Giertz, the stuff that sprouts from your head now can be a place to rest your butt.

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Texas: Housing Juggernaut

The Lone Star State continues to dominate when it comes to new home construction.

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This Week in Bans: Santa Monica Outlaws Christmas Displays

Also banned recently: Porch sofas in Durham, North Carolina; public profanity near Boston; a British man who drinks mouthwash.

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For the High Density Dweller, a Box For Everything

A box made with the apartment in mind, formed by a patchwork of drawers.

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The Demise of a City

Scenes from Syria's Homs.

Americans Want More City Planning

According to an American Planning Association poll, Americans want sidewalks, transit, and locally owned businesses.

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Debating the Root Causes of Zombie Infrastructure

A vacant Michigan strip mall becomes a symbol in a Congressional primary race, but it's really part of a much broader problem.

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Can Niagara Falls Grow Again?

Despite being home to a world famous tourist attraction, Niagara Falls, New York, is in danger of no longer being considered a city.

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In New Orleans, High Hopes for the Perfect NBA Team Name

The new owner of the Hornets wants to change the team's name. But in a city obsessed with its own authenticity, finding the right one will be no easy task.

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Can Bloomberg's $9 Million Mayors Challenge Really Make a Difference?

At least one massively successful city innovation, 311, suggests it can.

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Metaphor of the Day: D.C.'s Housing Market Is the Titanic, Iceberg in Sight

Thousands of new units are set to open in 2013. Will that bring rents down?

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Woohoo! NYC's Downtown Now Boasts a Zip Line

New Yorkers can fly through the air as part of the city's summer celebration of livable streets.

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With Urbanization Comes Mountains of Trash

Cities in developing countries will see waste management challenges skyrocket as they continue to grow.

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A Jacket That Lets Introverts Hide in a Cloud of Fog

This weather-producing coat out of Cambridge is perfect for city-dwellers who want privacy.