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The Measure of a Beautiful Street

The OpenPlans.org team wants to see if it can quantify what makes one street nicer than another.

The World's Smallest Mobile Music Venue

A box with just enough space for one performer and one spectator.

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S.F. Mayor Wants Tony Bennett on Every Radio Station

San Francisco hopes to honor “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” on Valentine's Day.

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Valentine, Nebraska vs. Loveland, Colorado: Which One Is America's Ultimate Valentine's Day City?

Two U.S. towns lay claim to being the nation's best place to spend Valentine's. We'll be the judge of that.

Postcard From Portland, Oregon

A lecture on the Portland Zoo's breeding programs just in time for Valentine's Day.

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What Makes a Space Lovable?

Preserving our built environment is easier when we're attached to it.

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The Art of Capturing a City From a Rooftop

An interview with Toronto photographer Tom Ryaboi, who likes to capture the city from up high - way up high.

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$10,000 Up for Grabs for Naming the 'World’s Best City'

The makers of the Economist Intelligence Unit's oft-criticized Liveable Cities index turn their efforts into a contest.

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How Colleges Can Foster Development Zones

An ambitious plan in Providence utilizes Brown's medical and science campuses.

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What's Behind the Urban Chicken Backlash

Are chickens pets-with-benefits or neighborhood nuisances that turn backyards into D.I.Y. slaughterhouses?

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Not Every City Can Be the 'Most Bicycle-Friendly'

A few ideas for less competitive but still worthwhile city superlatives.

Map of the Day: Where the Government Workers Are

Besides D.C., which states boast the most federal employees?

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Tactical NIMBYism

A landowner hopes to prevent an English soccer team-led land seizure by dividing his property into one-square-meter plots.

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Mayor Chooses Supermodel French First Lady to Represent Working Class in Statue

A Paris suburb is planning to use Carla Bruni-Sarkozy's face in a statue honoring female immigrant workers.

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Chicagoans vs. Falling Icicles: A History

The Chicago skyline is gorgeous to look at, but in the winter it rains down icy fingers of death upon the populace.

Waterproofing New York City

A bold new design retrofits Manhattan, protecting it from climate change's rising sea levels.

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Can the Feds Save the Housing Market?

An ambitious new program would transform foreclosed homes into rentals. But will it help the cities that need it most?

Postcard From Seattle

ABC News tracked down the couple that inspired the movie Sleepless in Seattle, and more news.

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Why So Many Romantic Comedies Are Set in Cities

Snapshots of cities most love-inducing qualities.