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Postcard From Billings

Gas prices are up by 7 cents this week and other news.

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Speeding Tickets for Going 26 MPH

A flood of new cameras in Chicago aims to slow motorists driving near schools.

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How Public Perception of Light Rail Influences Its Economic Benefits

Negative stereotypes of light rail — in particular its unsubstantiated ability to generate crime — may have hurt property values along a new line in south Jersey, according to a new study.

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Why Don't Americans Riot Anymore?

Unlike Europe, the U.S. hasn't had a rash of mass urban violence in a generation.

The Sandwich Board Makes a Comeback

Often banned by municipalities for safety reasons, simple A-frame sidewalk signs should be allowed to return, within reason.

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Infographic of the Day: Growth in a Shrinking St. Louis

Decisive evidence that light rail makes neighborhoods more appealing, at least in St. Louis.

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Should Cities Limit Building Heights?

A round-up of the best comments from this week's The Big Fix.

Nate Berg

Is the Most Absurd Community the One That Tries to Please Everyone?

A satirical new exhibit explores what might happen if we tried meet every single planning and design demand.

Miguel Tremblay

Motion-Activated Pothole Sensors ... In Your Phone

Boston hopes its driver-operated Street Bump app will grow sensitive enough to detect cracks in the pavement before they become gravel-spewing craters.

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The World's Coolest Manhole Cover Designs

Even the most mundane pieces of infrastructure don't have to be boring.

Postcard From Eugene

Here, citizens police themselves, at least as far as speeding is concerned.

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The Scourge of 1970s-Era Office Towers

Two Rust Belt cities grapple with architectural obsolescence. 

Can Subways Ever Really Be Rat-Free?

In New York, legislators debate whether a bill banning food will cut down on the city's vermin.

The Most Complicated Border Town in the World

In Baarle-Nassau, pieces of Belgium and the Netherlands sit side-by-side, creating some strange municipal politics.

Nate Berg

The Odd Existence of Point Roberts, Washington

Life in a piece of America tacked on the tip of Canada.

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We Need 'Broken Windows' for Traffic Crimes

There's outrage in New York City over how many drivers get away with killing people every year. Here's one idea to help save lives.

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A Blueprint for a 21st Century Workforce

The question we need to ask ourselves is, what skills will help workers earn the most?

Street Art City of the Day: Buenos Aires

Photos of the city's lovely, wild graffiti scene.

Can New Urbanists Save Port-au-Prince?

They imagine a historic core filled with low-level buildings and parks. Is this the way to revitalize the devastated city?