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Dems Like Cities Better than Republicans; Everybody Loves Seattle

New polling suggests a distinct partisan divide when it comes to Americans’ opinions about cities.

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How Building Beautiful Spaces Can Foster Environmentalism

A focus on placemaking can drive the green movement.

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London's Next Top Mayor

The race to be mayor of London has devolved into personalities, but serious economic and social issue confront the city and its next mayor.

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Why Is a Patent Troll in Luxembourg Suing U.S. Public Transit Agencies?

ArrivalStar claims it invented live transit alerts. Your apps, taxpayer dollars, and the open data movement are all at stake.

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A Budget By (and For) the People

More and more cities are experimenting with participatory budgeting. But who really gets to decide how the money is spent?

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What Makes Some Cities Greener Than Others

The economic factors behind pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Overdue Declaration of the Day: Death to Placemaking Banners!

They are bland, they cost too much and they don't do anything.

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The Fascinating Story of How Those Tropical Insects Made It Into Your Starbucks Coffee

Starbucks has said it's stopping the use of bug-based red dye. Why? Making the stuff looks like so much fun!

A Little Bit of Camp Chic for Your Urban Space

These Brutalist benches will make you feel like you're sitting around a fire.

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Can Georgia Shake Its Post Soviet Past With Bold New Buildings?

The country's 21st century architecture is eye-catching, but it's not doing much to revitalize the economy.

North America's Most Distinctive Theater Marquees

A sampling of some of the most vibrant, colorful signs.

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The Tricky Politics of Breaking a Record for Wearing the Most Bees

The world record holder is hotly contested.

A 'Photographic Census' Captures New York's Characters

Tips on street portraits from New York's resident photographer.

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What Developers Get Wrong About Smart Growth

Cities need higher densities, but they also need green space.

The Wildly Variable Definition of 'McMansion'

According to a new study, people in different places use the word very differently.

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Extreme Placemaking: Inside the Army's Mock Afghan Villages at Fort Polk

For several years now, the U.S. military has been trying to replicate Afghan and Iraqi towns on U.S. soil to prepare soldiers to go there.

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Where Families Go After Foreclosure

What's the connection between foreclosures and homelessness?

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Turning Old Beer Bottles Into Garden Mulch

Is there anything high-speed flexible impactors can't flail into gold?

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This Week In Bans: Alabama Chokes on 'Dirty Bastard' Beer

Also outlawed around the world: "gay cure" ads in London, discrimination on the basis of sexuality in Indiana, South Carolina yarn bombing.