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Portland's Mayoral Race Is Full of Delightful Oddballs

Could Oregon's largest city be helmed by a tree-climbing arsonist, a man who holds proof of God's existence, or the guitar genius behind the tweaker anthem, "Mobile Crank Lab"?

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Tracing America's Urban-to-Urban Migration Through the Recession

An interactive map tracks movement between metro areas from 2004-2010.

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The Urban Senior Puzzle

More seniors are moving to metropolitan areas, but are they settling in central cities or suburbs?

Postcard From Pass Christian

A Gulf Coast community rebuilds four years after Katrina.

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How to Turn a Water Tank Into a Work of Art

Artists across New York will leave their mark on 300 of the city's water tanks.

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Parking Minimums Promote Driving, Even in Transit-Friendly New York

A new study finds a "clear relationship" between a guaranteed spot at home and commuting by car.

In Los Angeles, a Brownfield Gets a Second Life

Thanks to funding from a lawsuit, a lush new park was created in the city's south side.

How Birmingham Became an Indie Rock Destination

The story of the Bottletree and how a single great music venue can make a huge difference to a city.

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Beijing's Feral Cat Problem Comes Back

Four years after "cleansing" the city of its strays in advance of the Olympics, somewhere between 500,000 and 5 million cats have returned to Beijing. But is relying on volunteers to trap, neuter, and release them the best plan?

Where To Find a Blue-Collar Job in 2020

What might the geography of blue-collar work look like in the next decade?

The United States of Craigslist

What if we drew our regions based on Craigslist's influence?

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Ad Campaign of the Day: Promoting Secret Sex in Singapore

A condom company is developing products for sexual privacy in this ultra-dense city-state, such as a screen that fits over car windows to make the vehicle look empty.

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The U.S. Metro Areas That Attract the Most Seniors

America is aging quickly, but some cities are welcoming more seniors than others.

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The American Worker's Housing Affordability Crisis

Nearly a quarter of working households spend more than 50 percent of their income on housing.

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Madrid's Broken Drinking Fountains Become Shimmering Waterfalls of Light

Two anonymous Spanish artists use light to highlight defects in the urban landscape. At issue here: Madrid's busted-down public fountains.

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What Does a Subway Entrance Say About its City?

A photographic survey of the world's metro gateways.

Postcard From New Orleans

Investigators foil a murder-for-hire and other news.

Do Bike Paths Promote Bike Riding?

Research on the topic doesn't offer any clean answers — and two new reports just add to the confusion.

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The 20 Characters You'll Meet on Every Neighborhood Email List

The longtime resident, the dog-poop vigilante and 18 other archetypes.